The full-face moko was a mark of distinction for Maori men, which communicated their status, lines of descent and tribal affiliations. The moko was often created by literally carving the skin with a chisel. The Maori were master carvers, creating fantastic and ornate carvings that graced their buildings, war implements, totems, and jewelry. Maori, along with other Polynesian people, believe that a person’s mana, their spiritual power or life force, is displayed through their tattoo. The recent re-emergence of traditional Maori tattoo art is a mark that the Maori people have not lost their ties to their ancient past despite the dominance of European culture and values in New Zealand for the past two centuries. Their mana is again on display for all to see in their moko. Produced by winemaker Ant Moore
Garnet red in colour. Pure lifted strawberry fruit; gentle, dusky spice and body make this a deeply compelling Pinot Noir of style and provenance.