First made in 1982, Awatea continues to represent the best of the classic Hawke's Bay Cabernet/Merlot blend. Floral aromas with intense blackberry, currant and dark plum flavours lead to a rich, supple palate with a sustained finish.
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The 2008 Awatea was bottled just a month before I tasted the wine, having completed its 20 months ageing in new and old French barriques. Unsurprisingly it has a very Bordeaux-like nose with blackberry, raspberry, a touch of liquorice and scorched earth. The palate is medium-bodied, firm tannins, very classic in style with superb balance. There is definitely a nod to the Old World here, a touch of leafiness towards the cedar-infused finish and great length. Perhaps it will not be such a long-term rider as vintages of Awatea since it does not quite have the weight, but it is well-crafted and very ‘true’. Drink 2012-2018. Rating 92 - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate #191(OCT/2010)
Positioned below its Coleraine stablemate in Te Mata’s hierarchy of Hawke’s Bay, claret-style reds, since 1995 Awatea has been grown at Havelock North and in the Bullnose Vineyard, inland from Hastings. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc—with a splash of Petit Verdot since 2001—it is matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (partly new). Compared to Coleraine, in its youth Awatea is more seductive, more perfumed and tastes more of sweet, ripe fruit, but is more forward and slightly less concentrated. The wine can mature gracefully for many years, but is also typically delicious at two years
old. The 2008 vintage is deeply coloured, it is refined, with concentrated, ripe blackcurrant, plum, herb and dark chocolate flavours, savoury, supple and showing good complexity. Already delicious, it’s a forward vintage, drink now or cellar.The 2008 vintage is deeply coloured, it is refined, with concentrated, ripe blackcurrant, plum, herb and dark chocolate flavours, savoury, supple and showing good complexity. Already delicious, it’s a forward vintage, drink now or cellar.Rating 4 and half Star `Classic` - Michael Cooper, Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2011
Strong sweet fruit with plump, ripe berry, plum, spice, tobacco and floral flavours. An impressively dense wine with layers of flavours that nicely envelope a classy oak influence. Accessible and very attractive.Rating 92 - Gourmet Traveller WINE 100 Top New Releases (JUN/JUL 2010)
A New Zealand red that always lives up to its pedigree. This one is a good example of Hawke’s Bay’s take on the Bordeaux-style blend. Berry-driven with loads of complexity and flavour. A serious, quality wine that is already approachable.Warren Barton, The Southland Times (29/MAY/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petit Verdot.
Awatea ’08 has a dark crimson colour.
This wine displays fragrant aromas of blackberry, cherry, lavender and cedar.
The palate is layered and complex, with fresh blackberry and raspberry flavours to the fore and ripe firm tannins on the finish.
It will continue to evolve in bottle, providing great enjoyment between 4 and 8 years from harvest.
It is a natural partner for savoury red meat dishes and hard cheeses.
Awatea takes its name from the historic ship SS Awatea (a Maori word meaning “Eye of the Dawn”) that sailed the Auckland – Sydney – Wellington route in the late 1930s. The Awatea was requisitioned as a troop transport in WWII and was sunk off Algeria in 1942.