From the Cellar: Te Motu Pinot Noir Waiheke 2009
This bottle was a business Christmas gift to me from a firm who went belly-up not to much later. A shame, that.
This wine is produced by the Dunleavy family out of their vineyard in the Onetangi Valley on Waiheke Island situated off the coast of Auckland.
The vineyard’s name ‘Te Motu’ comes from the original Maori name for Waiheke, Te MotuAraiRoa (‘island of long shelter’).One of Te Motu vineyard’s boundaries is formed by the Rangihoua creek, which flows into an inlet of Putiki Bay.The inlet was named by Tamatekapua – captain of the Maori canoe Te Arawa – because it was his first landfall in the long voyage from Hawaiiki. There, Te Arawa was re-lashed before continuing on to its final landing place at Maketu in the Bay of Plenty.
This Pinot Noir is a light carmine colour. 14% alc.
It was very floral. I saw Boronia, red cherries, Rewa Rewa flowers, honey, salt and raspberry lollies. Lovely.
In the mouth I tasted dense fruit flavours of red cherries. It was spicy on the mid palate, with good acid, silky tannins and a long finish. In a word, luscious.
It did start out a bit oxidised and i thought, uh-oh, I have left this alone for too long. But it opened out in the glass during the evening (and in the bottle overnight) and sorted itself out very nicely.