Te Motu ‘Dunleavy’ 2011 and 2013 Waiheke Island Reds

06-Mar-2015
The Dunleavy family had significant connections with the New Zealand wine industry, particularly through patriarch Terry Dunleavy, for many years before they established their Te Motu vineyard in Onetangi Valley on Waiheke Island in 1988. When their first vintage, a 1993 Cabernet/Merlot was released, it received considerable acclaim, and Te Motu quickly joined the ranks of an exciting and elite group of Bordeaux-style wine producers. The vineyard was sold to Richina Pacific in 2011, but the Dunleavy family, along with the Poland family purchased back the vineyard in 2013, also purchasing the adjoining land which was the former airstrip for vineyard expansion. Paul Dunleavy resumes as managing director with John Dunleavy tending to the viticulture. The Dunleavys have enlisted Sam Harrop MW as a consultant in the winemaking. The Dunleavys will no doubt be aiming for the Te Motu label to take its place among the Island’s leading producers. Here, I review the 2011 Dunleavy Cabernet/Merlot and 2013 ‘The Strip’ Cabernet/Merlot and ‘The Grafter’ Syrah. www.temotu.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Dunleavy Waiheke Island Cabernet/Merlot 2011
  • Dunleavy ‘The Strip’ ‘Single Vineyard’ Waiheke Island Cabernet/Merlot 2013
  • Dunleavy ‘The Grafter’ ‘Single Vineyard’ Waiheke Island Syrah 2013

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