Estate Island Blend
The Island Blend 2018 is a rich, ripe wine with sweet red berry fruit framed by chocolate and spice. The palate is softly textured with fine ripe tannins making for a decadent expression of a Cabernet franc dominated blend. This wine is drinking beautifully on release and will be ideal with a summer barbeque or a winter roast!
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Vineyard & Winemaking
Our Island Blend is a Bordeaux style wine based on Cabernet Franc and Merlot with a small amount of Petit Verdot. As the name suggests the wine is a blend of fruit from both Waiheke Island and its neighbouring Ponui Island. The Ponui Island Cabernet franc was sourced from the Paradise vineyard, a beautiful yet forbiddingly steep vineyard that requires a picking schedule based around the tide!
The remaining fruit is sourced from vineyards on Waiheke; Spot X and the Arlo vineyard for Cabernet Franc and Sharpies Merlot and Machells Petit Verdot complete the blend. After careful hand harvesting the fruit is delivered to the winery and then put across a sorting table before being 100% de-stemmed and delivered to open vats for fermentation.