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.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
Lovely big cassis and plum. Clearly a great vintage for Awatea. Rating 95 - Bob Campbell MW, Gourmet Traveller Wine (JUN/JUL 2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
40% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc
Deep crimson colour.
Concentrated aromas of blackcurrants, spice and dark, old-fashioned roses define the nose.
The palate opens with the dense, sweet, dark berry fruits indicative of a great vintage. The focus quickly turns to rich, fine tannins that fill the mouth, leaving a lasting impression of a wine with significant ageing potential.
The ideal accompaniment to classical full flavoured European cuisines, featuring red meat, rich pasta dishes and hard cheeses.
This wine will continue to develop in the bottle for 10 years from harvest.
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.