Kokoro 2012

Named for the head of Te Motu’s founding family, Terry Dunleavy, Kokoro means ‘the patriarch’ in Maori and ‘the heart of things’ in Japanese.

A bold wine with mocha, dark rich red and black fruits, spice and cassis with fantastic aging potenial from the stand out vintage of 2013.  On the bouquet blueberry, plum, white pepper, mocha and cedar notes amalgamate to create a very special drinking experience. The palate has super concentration with silky tannins and integrated acidity.

Vintage Notes

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 ripen with full 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.

94.5 points by Bob Campbell MW                                                 5 stars by Raymond Chan