The fruit for Te Kahu is grown in the Hawkes Bay Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, which has one of the warmest, driest, most sundrenched climates in New Zealand. Stony gravel in the soil forces the vines to fight for water, giving the grapes a particular vibrancy. Fruit is hand harvested and destemmed before undergoing fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine is matured in oak barriques before bottling.
"All the hallmark Gimblett Gravels characteristics are here on this affordable single vineyard red blend: pencil lead, tobacco, cherry, blackberry, licorice and dried violet. The palate flexes muscles but the lifted acidity and powdery, spicy tannins don't obscure the fruit or site expression. A wine of power but also of clarity and approachability. Have a decanter and a plate of protein at hand or hold another few years. " The Wine Enthusiast, 92 Points