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2017 Te Kano Blanc de Noir

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A fresh, mineral wine with subtle aromas of nashi pear, peach and citrus blossom. A rich fruit entry with concentrated flavours of peach and pear leading to a dry finish.

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Description

2017 Vintage

Spring and early summer were cool and windy. A well-timed and fortunate period of hot weather in late summer carried the fruit through to maturity with excellent flavour development.

Vineyards

The Eliza vineyard delivered the perfect fruit for this wine, with bright fresh acids and delicate flavours and aromas. The heavy clays and alluvial gravels of this block lend themselves to bigger bunches and berries, yielding juice with just the faintest touch of pink, and ultimately a brilliant, pale straw coloured wine. The Abel clone retained its acidity through the ripening period, allowing us to wait for the perfect flavour development without losing the crispness and vibrancy that make this wine so refreshing.

Varietal

100% Pinot Noir, clone Abel

Winemaking

The grapes were delicately whole-bunch pressed using a long and gentle pressure to ensure the minimum of colour was extracted from the skins. A very cool and long fermentation in stainless steel
was used to preserve the delicate aromatics and elegant structure typical of this wine.

CellaringDrink now to 2019
ServingServe at 8-10°C

Technical Data

pH3.47
TA6.16
Residual Sugar2.5g/l
Brix23.1
Alcohol13.5% v/v

 

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Case of 6, Single Bottle

2018 Te Kano Rosé

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Pale salmon in colour, this dry Rose shows aromas of raspberry, strawberry and peach. An initial burst of ripe red berry fruit leads into a crunchy medley of pink grapefruit, red apple and pear, finishing crisp and refreshing.

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Description

Vintage

Spring and early Summer were extremely hot and dry. A late season period of cool weather slowed ripening, allowing additional time for flavour development in the weeks before harvest.

Vineyards

The Jerome and Eliza vineyards were chosen for this Rose, to capture the unique character of each site. The structural, driven character of Jerome contrasted perfectly with the vibrant fruit notes and generosity of Eliza, to deliver a wine that is serious and complex.

Varietal

100% Pinot Noir, clones 5 and 115.

Winemaking

100% hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. A long, cool fermentation in stainless steel was used to preserve freshness and aromatics.

CellaringDrink now
ServingServe at 8-10°C

Technical Data

pH3.37
TA5.2
Residual Sugar5.2g/l
Brix22 to 23.8
Alcohol14.0% v/v

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Case of 6, Single Bottle

2017 Te Kano Pinot Gris

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A concentrated and rich off-dry style Pinot Gris with vibrant aromas of stone fruit, pear and spice. Flavours of peach and pear flesh out the entry into the palate, with ginger and spice notes unfolding.

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Description

Vintage

Spring and early Summer were cool and windy. A well timed and fortunate period of hot weather in late Summer carried the fruit through to maturity with excellent flavour development.

Vineyards

100% Jerome. The characteristic structure and bright fruit flavours of the Jerome vineyard are well suited to Pinot Gris. Naturally low in vigour, the sandy soils produce smaller than usual berries with intense flavours and a hint of phenolics, making for a structured and complex example of a classical varietal.

Varietal

100% Pinot Gris – clones 40A and Selection Ovaille.

Winemaking

100% hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. Slow and cool fermentation in stainless steel was used to retain the fresh varietal notes and clean finish.

CellaringDrink now to 2019
ServingServe at 8-10°C

Technical Data

pH3.50
TA5.42
Residual Sugar5.75g/l
Brix23.9
Alcohol13.5% v/v

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Case of 6, Single Bottle

2017 Te Kano Chardonnay

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A refined and elegant Chardonnay with aromas of white peach, citrus and flint. Ripe peach, pineapple and nectarine flavours expand into complex biscuit and toasty oak, finishing crisp and dry.

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Description

2017 Vintage

Spring and early summer were cool and windy. A well timed and fortunate period of hot weather in late summer carried the fruit through to maturity with excellent flavour development.

Vineyards

The Jerome vineyard is home to our Chardonnay. The wines made from this vineyard are defined by the devigourating influence of Jerome’s sandy soils. Small, intensely flavoured bunches ripen evenly on the North facing slopes, while the characteristic fine mineral acidity lends structure and finesse.

Varietal

100% Chardonnay, Mendoza clone.

Winemaking

Carefully selected and hand harvested fruit was whole bunch pressed to French oak barrels for fermentation. 10 months in barrel allowed mid palate complexity to build over time, while the use of partial malo-lactic fermentation has retained minerality and poise.

CellaringDrink now, cellar to 2027.
ServingServe at 10-11°C

Technical Data

pH3.28
TA9.09
Residual Sugarnil
Brix23.7
Alcohol14.0% v/v

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2017 Te Kano Pinot Noir

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A supple and complex Pinot Noir with aromas of mocha and dark cherry. Generous ripe plum and cherry flavours, combined with savoury notes of dried herb, create a wine that is both expressive and elegant.

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Description

2017 Vintage

Spring and early Summer were cool and windy. A well timed and fortunate period of hot weather in late Summer carried the fruit through to maturity with excellent flavour development.

Vineyards

Fruit from the Jerome and Eliza vineyards have both contributed to this wine, each lending their unique character to the final blend. Jerome’s dark brooding tannins provide mid palate structure, while the supple plush characters typical of Eliza bring elegance and depth.

Varietal

100% Pinot Noir clones including 113, Abel, 5, 667 and 777.

Winemaking

Hand harvested fruit was 100% destemmed in the winery and batch fermented by vineyard and clone. Hand plunging and careful handling yielded wine with concentrated tannins, which developed and matured over the next 11 months in French oak. This wine is a barrel selection, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered to preserve it’s purity and finesse.

CellaringDrink now to 2019
ServingServe at 8-10°C

Technical Data

pH3.47
TA6.16
Residual Sugar2.5g/l
Brix23.1
Alcohol13.5% v/v

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Case of 6, Single Bottle

2016 Te Kano Akin Pinot Noir

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We believe in connections at Akin. Between family and friends,
wine and food, grapevines and the soil. Our Estate vineyards are testament
to this, with organic practices and an extensive Kōwhai rejuvenation project
strengthening the web of ecology and our links with the land we love.

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Description

Vineyard Region

Bannockburn, Central Otago,
New Zealand

Vintage & Winemaking Notes

The 2016 grape harvest was short and intense,
with a cooler start to Spring and a warm
golden Autumn. From our Estate vineyards
in Bannockburn, fruit was handpicked and
fermented in vineyard parcels. Maturation in
French oak barrels took place over the following
10 months before blending and bottling of
selected batches.

Tasting Notes

A lifted and elegant nose displays ripe cherry,
vanilla and spice, with earthy notes of wild thyme.
Bright red berries and cherry guide the entry to
the palate, with dried herb and mocha adding
complexity. The wine shows supple, fine grained
tannins for immediate drinkability, while promising
greater complexity with extended cellaring.

Food Match

Delicious on it’s own, Akin will enhance meals with
mushrooms, red meats and game birds.

Technical Data

pH3.66
TA5.53
Residual Sugar<1g/l
Alcohol13.5% v/v

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Case of 12, Single Bottle

Elegance & sublime nature

Like all who come to Central Otago, the Lloyd Family fell in love with the almost other-worldly beauty and unpretentious quality of the land and lifestyle.

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‘Te Kano’ (Maori for seed) celebrates the lone surviving Kowhai tree affectionately known as ‘Old Man Kowhai’ on the Northburn slopes above Lake Dunstan — on land Te Kano Estate calls home. Committed to rejuvenating the land and a sustainable future through re-planting and excellent stewardship. Te Kano is for those who appreciate the rarest combination of layered elegance and sublime natural quality. Te Kano Estate comprises three vineyards, all under the careful guidance of viticulturist Mike Winters – Northburn, ‘Jerome’ and ‘Eliza’. The latter two are named after beloved family members and are located in Bannockburn. The Northburn site, purchased in 2015, is currently under development.

The inaugural 2017 release include a Blanc de Noir, Rose and Pinot Gris, crafted by winemaker Dave Sutton, with fruit grown in the Jerome and Eliza vineyards.

Bios

People

Winemaker

Dave Sutton

After obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Viticulture and Winemaking in 2005, Dave set out to explore the world of wine. Initially working as a viticulturalist in Marlborough and South Australia, he then worked winery harvests in the USA, Chile, Spain, Germany, France, Ukraine, Australia and around New Zealand.

A Central Otago vintage in 2010 opened his eyes to the potential in the region, and he spent the next 6 years working with some of the best fruit in the area, before joining Te Kano and the Lloyd family on their journey. His broad range of experiences have left him with an open mind and a soft touch, a desire to let the site express itself and allow the fruit to shine.

Viticulturist

Mike Winter

Despite being a twin and the youngest of five boys, Mike is one of a kind. Led to the wine industry through a love of wine and the land, Mike obtained a Bachelors Degree in Viticulture and followed this up with vineyard work in Waipara. He convinced his wife, Kate, to make the shift to Central Otago in 2013.

Mike has achieved the title of Young Viticulturalist of The Year 3 times in Central Otago, and twice came runner up the in the National competition. He brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for organic viticulture to the Te Kano team, and sees himself as a custodian of the land rather than a Vineyard Manager.

Proprietor

Rhonda Lloyd

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Rhonda’s love of New Zealand began with her marriage to a New Zealander and an immersion into his culture. Both truly global citizens, they have lived, worked and travelled from London to New Zealand, and everywhere in between.

Passionate about Central Otago’s wines and environment, Rhonda’s vision has fuelled a unique vineyard and environmental restoration project at Northburn, with an unwavering desire to leave a positive legacy for their two daughters and the generations to come.

Vineyards

Northburn

6 Middleton Road, Northburn

This 88 hectare site was purchased in 2015, with planting taking place between 2016 and 2019. With vineyard area standing between 211 and 323 meters above sea level, and with a wide variety of terrain and soils, there is huge potential for the expression of unique terroir.

Standing guard at the top of the property is a lone 400 year-old Kowhai tree – affectionately known as ‘Old Man Kowhai’. Seed from this tree is being nurtured and spread across the site along with other species native to the area.

The first harvest from Northburn will be the 2019 vintage, and the site is the spiritual home for Te Kano, with plans to base all operations from there in the future.

Neighbours include Cloudy Bay, Misha’s Vineyard and Northburn Station to the east.

Jerome

32 Paterson Road, Bannockburn

Named after the matriarch of the Lloyd Family, it stands 261m above sea level.

The aspect, slope and low vigour soils combine to deliver berries and bunches that are small, uniformly ripe and concentrated in flavour.

The Jerome wines have a firm, structured line of tannin at the core, with bright berry fruits giving lift. This characteristic comes through particularly when made into rose style wines, allowing the winemaker to capture bright lifted fruit notes while retaining a structured mineral line to the palate.

Defined by smallish, compact bunches, the Pinot Noir fruit shows bright red berry notes and firm, tightly structured tannins. Similarly, the Pinot Gris shows great generosity and concentration, delivering a very powerful and aromatic wine.

Eliza

92 Felton Road, Bannockburn

Named after the youngest children in the family, Eliza ranges in elevation from 199m to 225m above sea level.

The fruit off this site is characterised by larger berries and bunches, with fresh acidity and lighter, more supple tannins than the inlet side of Bannockburn. It lends itself to the classic Bannockburn style of juicy fruits and savoury dried herb when made into Pinot Noir.

The Abel clone is especially well suited to the production of Blanc de Noir, as it keeps its acidity through the ripening process. This allows the winemaker to seek out those riper peach and pear flavours while retaining the crisp, refreshing acidity that makes this wine so elegant. The naturally lighter coloured fruit delivers very pale, clean juice during pressing and fermentation and lends itself to the style.

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