Dunleavy The Strip 2012
As bold and authentic as the family whose name they bear, each wine from the Dunleavy Single Vineyard series has its own unique story to tell.
Bordering the old Waiheke Air Strip this vineyard produces world-class Cabernet Merlot. Planted when his children were barely walking, winemaker John Dunleavy’s vines have matured over two decades and – like his sons – bring their own unique character to this wine. Made in a forward, fruit-driven style to be enjoyed in youth, it will however continue to improve for three to four years.
A warm and dry spring got things off to a great start in 2012 resulting in good fruit set and crop levels. At times the growing season was up and down with rainfall and dry spells coming and going through December to March. Fortunately April was settled and warm and it allowed the grapes to fully ripen with full of flavour and concentration. For those who did not crop thin however, it was a challenging and lighter vintage. At Te Motu we cut back crop early and late. As a result the fruit we picked late in April was in magnificent condition. A vintage that not only shows well in youth, but will age well for at least 10 years.