Te Awa `Left Field` Merlot Malbec 2009 (12 x 750mL), Hawke's Bay, NZ.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049
$19.90 per Bottle
$238.80 per case
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Plump and generous on the nose, this wine is wonderfully aromatic with notes of old leather, plum and earth. Easy to like and easy to drink.

NZ - Hawke's Bay
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

Medium-deep purple/red in colour, the nose is impressively ripe and pristine showing blueberry, dark plum and floral characters. It's succulent and smooth on the palate with excellent fruit intensity and polished tannins. There's a touch of savoury game notes at the end, making it a satisfying red to partner rich, flavoursome dishes. At its best: 2011 to 2015.Rating 91 - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (JAN/2011)

Swoon-inducing cocoa, dried thyme, pepper and ripe plum aromas lead to a burst of plush, spicy berryfruit, espresso and smoky oak notes in the mouth and leaves deliciously meaty finish. Easy to see how this wine won the trophy for champion cabernet sauvignon or merlot/cabernet blend at last year?s Air NZ Wine Awards. Widely available.5 Star - Yvonne Lorkin( 12/FEB2011)

Like a pair of silk knickers, this wine feels amazing: it's smooth, supple and slips down. Reminiscent of violets and black fruits. At $26 it's bloody good value - unlike those silk knickers.Rebecca Gibb, NZ Herald (24/JAN/2011)

Winery Tasting Notes

Grape Varietals

Merlot 79%, Malbec 11%, Cabernet Franc 10%


A wonderfully brooding wine with depth of darkness.


A floral streak gives the wine some prettiness in what would otherwise be a fairly dark exercise.


This promise of density gives way to a plumy richness on the palate. As a relatively big boned wine, balance comes through sinewy tannins rahter than acidity. As expected with generous wines the finish is long ans satisfying.

Medals & Trophies

Trophy - Champion Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot/Cabernet Blend, Air New Zaland Wine Awards 2010

Blue Gold Medal, Sydney International Wine Show 2011

NZ - Hawke's Bay
Grape Style
Other Red Blends
Closure Type
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Winery Profile

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As a single estate winery, Te Awa cherish their rich diversity that the unique terroir of Te Awa provides. Their philosophy is to achieve balanced wines, reflecting the grapes from which they are made and having the individuality of our vineyard site. Embracing the time proven traditions of the worlds great winemakers, they harvest and vinify the different parcels of our vineyard separately, which gives us small variations in flavour and texture and thus more options when it comes to blending.

Their aim is for a synergistic effect, where the wine will be better than the sum of the individual parts. Once blended, the components marry and age together, evolving towards harmony as one wine - the best possible expression of their vineyards unique character.

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