The Donaldson Family traces its Kiwi roots back about 1000 years. In keeping with this we have chosen to honour this special New Zealand wine with an ancestral name.
By harvesting late in the season after a coolish summer we were able to pick physiologically ripe fruit in excellent condition. We used traditional Burgundian winemaking methods, including fermentation in small vats by the grapes own microorganisms and ageing in French oak barriques for 18 months.
Tehau is made only in special years and for this one we selected the barrels that we felt were the purest expression of the vintage and the terroir, showing typicity and balance rather than just emphasising power and size. The aromas and flavours are complex mix of violets, wild bramble fruits, black cherries and purple plums, underpinned by savoury notes and a racy, spiciness that is typical of the Waipara Valley. The wine has a soft entry on the palate but rapidly expands to become mouth filling, succulent and concentrated, while retaining poise and finesse. Its velvety tannins and tantalising aftertaste draw out the palate.
Wine is a natural health food