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+.
Varietal: Cabernet Blend
Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Accolades: 95/100 – Bob Campbell MW
“A blend of eight grape varieties. Dense, ripe and almost syrupy red with Christmas cake dried fruit and nut flavours plus dark chocolate, liquorice and spice oak. High acidity and firm, ripe tannins suggest good cellaring potential - the wine is still quite youthful. A complex red.” – Bob Campbell MW
A PRESENT FIT FOR A QUEEN (FUN FACT)
A bottle of Blood Creek 8 2013 was presented to Queen Elizabeth II as a gift from Waiheke poet Selina Tusitala-Marsh in 2019.
5 stars - Michael Cooper. The 2013 vintage (5*) is also highly impressive. Matured for 16 months in new French oak barriques, it has dark, youthful colour. A lovely rich and supple red, it is muscular, with generous, ripe blackcurrant/spice flavours, showing excellent complexity, real power through the palate and obvious potential; best drinking 2020+.
95/100 - Cameron Douglas MS. There’s no mistaking the power and impact of the bouquet with this wine - aromas of super dark berries, velvet textured red flowers of violet and rose, plenty of toasty oak aromas and sweet brown spices. Full-bodied, rich core of flavours centering on blackberries and plums then licorice and toast, clove and dark chocolate. Tannins are ripe and in abundance adding texture, weight and complexity. Acidity is medium keeping the palate engaged and fresh as well as adding contrast to the core. Very long finish, balanced and well made. Decant for service several hours ahead. Ideal for protein rich meat dishes, cheese or just a really tasty Cuban cigar. Best drinking from toasty and through 2028+.