Craig Biggs of Te Motu Wines on Waiheke Island gave us a very good background on the wineries aims and ambitions. It is a very small winery with only 4 ha planted in vines but plan on planting another 4ha. He noted that the temperatures on the island are 2-3 degrees warmer than Auckland but with high humidity the grape canopy had to be kept open to allow drying winds through. Because they are small they make top class wines with prices to match. We were given a taste of their 2011 and 2012 Dunlevy label priced at around $45. We then had a vertical tasting of the Te Motu label from 1999 to 2006. The youngest were fruity and had some weight in the mouth. Once we got to 2004 the up front fruit became more complex. The 2000 was showing its age but the 1999 was cleaner and sound. All these are Cab. Sav. and Merlot blends at around $95. A most interesting evening.
Our Points Cup competitions followed and Joe won Bronze for his Dry White Fruit wine. Jason won Gold and Robyn and June won Silver for their Essence based liqueurs.