Dunleavy ‘The Strip’ Cabernet/Merlot 2013
Bordering the old Waiheke Air Strip this vineyard produces world-class Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot.
A deep ruby red coloured wine with aromas of blackcurrant, plum, dried herbs and tobacco smoke. The palate is dark and inky, filled with ripe tannins, dark fruits, liquorice spice and an olive savouriness. The exceptional 2013 vintage has produced a wine that will reward cellaring for 6-7 years.
2013 was an exceptional vintage. Spring was mild with lower than average rainfall allowing for good fruit set and minimal disease pressure. Summer was long, warm and dry, with absolutely no rainfall from Christmas day till mid April. This allowed the fruit to hang on the vine to full physiological ripeness, producing wines full of complexity, ripe tannins and power that will cellar well for many years to come.
95 points by Bob Campbell MW 94 points by Wine Orbit Silver at Bragato Wine Awards