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.
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. A Merlot dominant blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc, Malbec and Syrah, hand-harvested from low-yielding vines, Kokoro is made in a more forward style to accentuate fruit ripeness and texture, this wine can be enjoyed in its youth but has the pedigree to improve for years to come. Kokoro is released 20 months after vintage.
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.