Te Kahu is a single vineyard proprietary red wine sourced entirely from Craggy Range's Gimblett Gravels Vineyard.
"Te Kahu" means "the cloak" in New Zealand's native Maori language. It symbolizes the mist which rolls down and covers the valley next to Craggy Range's Giants Winery in Hawkes Bay.
Opaque garnet core with youthful crimsom hues. Aromas of ripe plum and fruit cake characters neatly meshed with sandalwood and spicy cinnamon overtones. The overall aromatic impression is one of brooding complexity. Fine layers of mouth filling tannin provide the texture and structure to support ample fruit flesh. Natural acidity completes this seamless integration, resulting in wine with uncommon length and power
"The 2007 Te Kahu Proprietary Red, a Bordeaux blend matured in new French barriques, has a deep dark chocolate-scented nose with dark cherry, Doris plum, cedar and a touch of freshly rolled tobacco. Good definition. The palate is full-bodied with firm tannins, great depth, a little furry at the moment with mouth-coating black fruits. Smooth and focused, primal and sensuous on the finish with a slight bitter cherry edge. Broody but it draws you in.
The Wine Advocate
"The winemaking at Craggy is becoming less intruisve, and the result in this Merlot-predominant blend is a supple wine blessed with ample cassis fruit and framed by hints of brown sugar, vanilla and dried herbs. It's medium-bodied in the mouth, with a silks finish. Drink now-2013"