07 May The Pioneer and the Progressive
Whilst our wine industry in New Zealand is relatively young on the world stage, we certainly showcase some wines worthy of being on that world stage. Our May auction showcases some of this brilliance by two highly regarded producers of world renowned Bordeaux varietals – both on the doorstep of Auckland.
Back in 1988, brothers Petar and Jim Vuletic founded the Antipodean Farm. The pioneering efforts of Petar and his wife Michelle showed that premium wines can be produced in New Zealand (particularly Matakana). The small annual production of Cabernet Sauvignon dominant wine is typically destined for off-shore markets which is why you may only see this wine available in New Zealand in wine auctions.
Twelve years later, in 2000, Destiny Bay was established (the progressive in our story). Ex-pat Americans Ann and Michael Spratt established this boutique winery and vineyard with the pursuit of making Bordeaux varietal reds of the highest calibre. Their son, Sean, has since joined their journey as the winemaker along with the consultancy of Luc Desbonnets. The team has built on the Waiheke Island reputation for stunning Bordeaux style reds; taking it to another level in ultra-premium wine. The hard graft and uncompromising approach that goes on behind the Destiny Bay labels are certainly worth exploring in our current wine auction.
A little more about some of the wines available.
Composed of free-run and press-fractions found in both Mystae and Magna Praemia, the name ‘Destinae’ captures the essence of all Destiny Bay wines. With a higher percentage of Merlot, this blend is more “Right Bank” Bordeaux in style. Approachable at a young age, Destinae offers complex dark fruit aromas and has the potential to age for a decade or more.
This blend strikes a balance between the power of Cabernet and the fruit characters of Merlot. Blended from all five varietals, Mystae typically begins with a bouquet of developed fruit that will increase in complexity under proper cellar conditions for a decade or more. The “Mystae” were ancient Greek philosophers and followers of Dionysus (the Greek God of Wine), who sought a deeper understanding of the universe’s mysteries.
This blend is dominated by deep press fractions of Cabernet Sauvignon and is reminiscent of a “Left Bank” Bordeaux-style wine. Optimum balance and character are achieved through the addition of free-run and press fractions of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Fine, dense tannins give this wine great structure and long-term ageing potential. The name Magna Praemia is latin for “great rewards.”