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2016 Te Mata Awatea Cabernets Merlot

Hawke's Bay, NZ

Arguably NZ's greatest producer of Bordeaux blends, this is the perfect way to get acquainted with Te Mata's refined style.

$45.00

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About

About The Wine

If you want to sample the great Cabernet blends of Hawke's Bay's Te Mata Estate, the Awatea is the perfect place to start.

You get the supreme craftsmanship of a family owned winery with over a century of experience making wines in this region. Some of the best fruit in NZ. All that history. And it's under $50 a bottle.

It's a wine that improves with time in bottle but is supple enough to be opened from day one.

Stellar value here from one of New Zealand's great estates.

About Te Mata Estate

Te Mata Estate has one of the richest winemaking histories in all of New Zealand.

With vineyards planted back as far as 1896, the rich history of this iconic Hawke's Bay producer is enviable in the relatively young NZ wine landscape.

Their wines come exclusively from carefully selected sites across Hawke's Bay. The aim to craft classic, structural wines that are comparable to the very best the world has to offer.

The Te Mata Estate Coleraine is considered by many as NZ's premier Bordeaux blend. A shining jewel in the crown of the Hawke's Bay region.

Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

"Deep magenta with a crimson edge, this is signature Awatea - a modern Hawke’s Bay cabernet with deep, pure fruit and bright, floral aromatics. Roses, violets, wild blackberry and dark plum, intertwined with notes of aniseed and thyme. Then, on the palate, immediate bright red and black fruits, blackcurrants, spice, raspberry syrup and a layered, almost saline, tannin structure with a refreshingly, fine, dry finish. Awatea ’16, as ever, is stylish Te Mata cabernet that totally over-delivers." - Te Mata Estate

Additional Info

From The Producer

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
pH: 3.58
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.0g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual Sugar: Dry

VINEYARDS
The grapes for Awatea ’16 were hand harvested from Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 26 March and 20 April 2016.

WINEMAKING
The separate parcels of grapes were destemmed before a traditional warm, plunged fermentation and extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were then run to new and seasoned French oak barrels for 16 months’ ageing. Throughout this time, they were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2017, then returned to barrel for their second winter. The finished wine was then egg white fined and bottled in November 2017. The final blend is 

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), Merlot (41%), Cabernet Franc (14%).
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml

Delivery Information

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  ORDERS OVER $149 GET FREE SHIPPING

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