Destiny Bay delights

Destiny Bay vineyards and winery (Photo: Bob Campbell MW)

I was impressed by the latest release of Destiny Bay’s trio of reds based on various blends of the five Bordeaux varieties. This stellar Waiheke wine producer employs a great vineyard site and rigorous selection process to produce excellent wines even in very challenging vintages. In favourable vintages, like 2014, the results can be spectacular.

Their wines are expensive, but anyone serious about purchasing them on a long-term basis should consider joining the Destiny Bay Patron Club, which offers an en primeur scheme where big savings can be made by buying a minimum of 12 bottles annually. For instance, Patron Club members pay only NZD $215 per bottle of the flagship Magna Praemia, which has a current retail price of NZD $385. Membership offers many other benefits. If you are interested check out their website.

The 2014 Destiny Bay Destinae is the entry level red, although the quality outstrips many flagship wines of other producers. It’s made from free-run and press-fractions found in both Mystae and Magna Praemia, with a higher percentage of merlot to give the wine more of a Bordeaux “Right Bank” focus. (NZD $125)

2014 Destiny Bay Mystae sits stylistically between its other two stablemates and has significantly more cabernet sauvignon influence than Destinae. Earlier vintages of this wine looked like comparative bargains because they were the equal, or close to it, of the more expensive flagship wine. However, tastings are a snapshot and the relationship between all three wines is likely to change with bottle age. (NZD $105)

The 2014 Destiny Bay Magna Praemia is one of the country’s most expensive red wines ever made. This cabernet sauvignon-dominant red justifies its exalted status and high price tag when compared to serious blended reds from anywhere in the world, including Bordeaux. (NZD $385)

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