BLEND: 67% merlot, 15% cabernet sauvignon, 11% cabernet franc, 4% malbec & 3% Carmen
An amazingly complex nose with red currants, and fruit cake undertones. Palate is yet again another step up from earlier vintages. Extremely stylish, nice level of fruit density which adds perhaps something missing from older vintages. Super complexity, drinking well now. It really delivers and competes.
Blend: 46% Carmenere , 36% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, & 7% Malbec
Compare the Reserve to some of New Zealand’s greatest ever Bordeaux style reds and the Reserve has reached yet another level of astonishing quality. Very dark ruby in the glass. The nose is quite restrained but does give up the sought after red currant and fruitcake notes. The palate is sensational with added power on the palate and super complexity. Blackberry and red currant palate, with underlying layers of mint at just the faintest volume, gives this jaw dropping quality. The texture is all velvet and the structure so finely boned and controlled. This wine is sensual and intellectual, extremely refined and graceful.
40% Merlot, 21% Carmenere, 17% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon & 12% Malbec
Very dark ruby in the glass. The nose is quite restrained but does give up the sought after red currant and fruitcake notes. The palate is sensational with added power on the palate and super complexity. Blackberry and red currant palate, with underlying layers of mint at just the faintest volume, gives this jaw dropping quality. The texture is all velvet and the structure so finely boned and controlled. This wine is sensual and intellectual, extremely refined and graceful. This wine will cellar for a decade or more but is so interesting now, it will be hard to resist.
Bright stone fruit aromas herald a vibrantly fruity palate, layered over a creamy, rich and supple mouthfeel. A firm backbone of acid leads into very long, crisp finish which complements salmon and other seafood or Asian-spiced dishes, yet can be enjoyed with a wide range of meals. This wine is drinking very well now.
The 2003 Rockburn Pinot Noir is deep garnet in colour and has a lovely nose dominated by spices and violets. The palate is full of rich, yet subtle black berry fruits with layers of complexity enhanced by fine tannins. The wine displays an elegance and power which lingers long after the last mouthful.
The 2007 vintage delivered us small, intensely flavoured berries, and we have simply guided this fruit gently through to the bottle with minimal handling. Our “hands-off” approach delivers a pure expression of Central Otago to your glass; rich, intense fruits, delicate floral tones enhanced by nuances of wild thyme, and creamy, silky tannins leading into a long mocha finish. As always this wine shows classic Rockburn elegance, integrity and balance. Enjoy with friends over the next 6-8 years.
Naturally fermented, using wild yeasts of the vineyard. This deep garnet coloured wine gives ripe, concentrated, dark fruit aromas of morello cherries, black plums, black berries and rich, tarry, dark chocolate. The densely packed palate has multi layered fruit flavours and robust but velvet smooth tannins. This full bodied, highly structured wine goes well with food, the ideal partner to meaningful celebrations. It will continue to evolve for 10 years fro
Blend: 65% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec
Lifted dark red berry fruit, with mineral, leather and savoury notes. A firm flavoursome attack, leads to a refined and elegant mid palate. The wine is well structured with a great length of flavour on the finish.
Boundary 2002 can be enjoyed now with food and will reward careful cellaring by developing extra complexity in its flavours and generosity on the palate.
A blend of 86 % Merlot, 6% Malbec, 5 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc. Late summer rains followed a cooler than average summer in the 2003/2004 growing season. However March and April were dry and warm giving an excellent finish to the season. This allowed our grapes to ripen fully and develop a complex flavour profile and mature tannins. Picking of the red varieties started late March and finished late April. These grapes are all grown on the certified Gimblett Gravels.
2004 / 2005 was a frustrating growing season in Hawke’s Bay. Conditions were ideal for flowering in November but December was unseasonably cool and this slowed vine development. January and February were warm and dry allowing excellent flavour development in the grapes. Heavy rains in March and intermittent rain in April made for challenging harvest conditions. The pleasing consequence of this unusual growing season, was we experienced early development of flavours and tannins before high sugars, so our wines have ripe flavours and structure without excessive alcohol. Our Pinotage was picked 12th April 2005.
Pale lemon with green highlights. Restrained, yet complex aromas of citrus blossom, lime zest, and elderflower with hints of capsicum and mineral overtones (a reflection of the gravelly soils of the Te Awa vineyard). A lively, flavoursome attack which leads into a silky textured palate where the barrel fermented portion brings a richness and sustained weight. The wine has a refreshing firm finish with a lingering aftertaste.