In Maori legend Tipua is a shape-shifter. So too is our Tipua wine, only made in an exceptional vintage and only then when one variety from that vintage really shines.
Our 2013 Tipua is 100% Cabernet Franc, an aromatic nose of violets and red currants leads onto a palate full of cedar, ripe cherries, white pepper and rich, ripe tannins.
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.
5 stars by Raymond Chan