Puriri Hills Mokoroa 2016


Mokoroa is Puriri Hills” second label. It takes its name and label design from the vividly green moth that inhabits the Puriri tree.
Puriri Hills’ wines were originally inspired by the blends of St Emilion and Pomerol. Merlot and carmenère, a lost Bordeaux variety, are supported by cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Our carmenère came to us from northern Italy as a clone of cabernet franc, but later genetic fingerprinting proved it to be carmenère. All fruit is grown and all wine produced on the estate overlooking the Hauraki Gulf at Clevedon, southeast of Auckland.
2016 gave us very challenging growing conditions and produced a moderate crop despite rains in January and February. We manage our vineyard with organic or biodynamic soil additions and manual canopy and understory work. We handpicked parcels between 5 April and 5 May. Total production for the vintage
was 11 tonnes from 5.5 acres of vines. Vine spacing is 1 x 2.5 metres. Vine age was 16-19 years.

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