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BLOOD CREEK 8

Blood Creek 8 is the symbolic and spiritual leader of Luc’s wines. It confers respect to his French heritage and his schooling of developing Bordeaux blends. The 8 beating hearts of Te Arawa symbolises the blood spilt across the site over 100 years. The challenge for Luc is improving on the signature 2013 vintage. With 2014 recently released and 2015 vintage to be released by year end, this wine by vintage is a collectors must have as the inaugural 2010 and the later 2012 are scarce but still available. Luc is acknowledged by local Tangata Whenua as Kaitiaki of this sacred site.

Blood Creek 8 2015

This product is part of the soon to be released 2015 vintages. Check back here for release details or join our mailing list to be notified. 

Notes: 100% Waiheke coastal single site “The 8 Vineyard". Cabernet blend of all 8 varieties grown at Frenchman’s Hill. This is a nod to the great First Growth blends of Bordeaux where Luc studied. Blend cabernet sauvignon, 36%, merlot 17%, petit verdot 15.5%,cabernet franc 8.5%, tannat 8.5%, syrah 8%, viognier 3.5%, kolor 3%. Raised 16-20 months in new fine grain french oak barriques. Dedicated to my mother Mary Frances Guise.

Cellar at 13-15 ºC. Drink: 2022 – 2038.

Alcohol: 14.0%

Varietal: Cabernet Blend

Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand


Blood Creek 8 2014

Notes: 100% Waiheke coastal single site “The 8 Vineyard". Cabernet blend of all 8 varieties grown at Frenchman’s Hill. This is a nod to the great First Growth blends of Bordeaux where Luc studied. Blend cabernet sauvignon, 36%, merlot 17%, petit verdot 15.5%,cabernet franc 8.5%, tannat 8.5%, syrah 8%, viognier 3.5%, kolor 3%, 16 months 100% new french barriques. Unfined and minimally filtered. This wine is dedicated to my beloved uncle Alfred (Freddy) Desbonnets RIP.

Cellar at 13-15 ºC. Drink: 2020 – 2035+.

Alcohol: 14.0%

Varietal: Blend

Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Blood Creek 8 2013

Notes: 100% Waiheke coastal single site “The 8 Vineyard". Cabernet blend of all 8 varieties grown at Frenchman’s Hill. This is a nod to the great First Growth blends of Bordeaux where Luc studied. Blend cabernet sauvignon, 36%, merlot 17%, petit verdot 15.5%,cabernet franc 8.5%, tannat 8.5%, syrah 8%, viognier 3.5%, kolor 3%, 16 months 100% new french barriques. Unfined and minimally filtered. This wine is a tribute to Luc's grandmother Marthe the 13th child of her family and her son, his father Patrick born 13th December, his lucky number.

Cellar at 13-15 ºC. Drink: 2016 – 2030+.

Alcohol: 14.0%

Varietal: Cabernet Blend

Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Blood Creek 8 2012

Notes: 100% Waiheke coastal single site “The 8 Vineyard". A proprietary blend of all 8 varieties grown at Frenchman’s Hill. This is a nod to the great First Growth blends of Bordeaux where Luc studied. Blend cabernet sauvignon, 36%, merlot 17%, petit verdot 15.5%,cabernet franc 8.5%, tannat 8.5%, syrah 8%, viognier 3.5%, kolor 3%, 16 months 100% new french barriques. Unfined and minimally filtered. 

Cellar at 13-15 ºC. Drink: 2020 – 2035+.

Alcohol: 14.0%

Varietal: Cabernet Blend

Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Blood Creek 8 2010

Notes: 100% coastal Waiheke grown blend of 8 varieties grown on the steep warm slopes of Luc Desbonnets site “The 8 Vineyard" above the bright and warm tidal water of the Anzac Bay estuary. A core of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot seasoned with Cabernet Franc, Tannat, Syrah, Viognier and Kolor give this wine power, structure, balance and potentially unmatched aging complexity. A unique wine that only comes from one place. 24 months in fine french barriques. Unfined and minimal filtered. A nod to the great First Growth blends of Bordeaux where Luc studied.

Cellar at 13-15 ºC. Drink: 2020 – 2035+.

Alcohol: 14.0%

Varietal: Cabernet Blend

Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand


Ode to Blood Creek 8

Magnetic land you called to me across the Anzac Bay
and as I passed you day to day your luminous warmth glowed
And as I passed you day to day a seed within me sewed
Once my leathered fingers broke
and plugged your sacred ancient earth
A spear of light passed through my heart
And here my senses woke
I heard the wailing karakia call
Whilst to me ancestors spoke
My fingers foraged deeper still to rivers far beneath
pierced salty veins of history
blends of bloody battles past
Into these my body fell and melded to these bloods
That wailing cry now distantly
In whispered sighing floods
There I saw great bravery the pride of iwis past
There I saw cold savagery and bloodied waters vast
I tumbled through 8 coarsing veins with each a beating heart
Te Arawa, Ngati Poaoa,
Nga Puhi with the musket gun
and there came my epiphany
8 bloods becoming one
Sentinel spirits stand guard here now
for they those battles won

- Luc Desbonnets - 

 

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