Te Mata `Awatea` Cabernet Merlot 2009(12x750mL), Hawke's Bay, NZ.

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Overview

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.

Region:
NZ - Hawke's Bay
State:
Imported
Country:
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

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

Grape Variety

40% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc

Colour

Deep crimson colour.

Aroma

Concentrated aromas of blackcurrants, spice and dark, old-fashioned roses define the nose.

Palate

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.

Food Matching

The ideal accompaniment to classical full flavoured European cuisines, featuring red meat, rich pasta dishes and hard cheeses.

Cellaring Potential

This wine will continue to develop in the bottle for 10 years from harvest.

Wine Background

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.

Vintage
2009
Region
NZ - Hawke's Bay
Grape Style
Cabernet Blends
Closure Type
Cork closure
Alcohol
13.5%

Winery Profile

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Te Mata Estate is New Zealand’s oldest winery, dating from the early 1890s. It is a New Zealand family-owned winery – a true estate, specialising in grape growing and winemaking from its nine Hawke’s Bay vineyards. It is acknowledged as one of only five icon wineries in New Zealand.

Under the direction of John Buck, Te Mata Estate has, over nearly thirty years, produced a stunning array of red and white wines including famous labels such as Coleraine, Awatea cabernets/merlots, Bullnose syrah, Elston chardonnay, Cape Crest sauvignon blanc and, launched in 2009, Zara viognier. Te Mata Estate has also developed a unique single vineyard from which it produces its Woodthorpe wines.

Te Mata Estate makes wines from hand-harvested grapes from its own vineyards. These vineyards are all located in Hawkes Bay (within 40 minutes drive of the winery) and under the direct control of Te Mata Estate’s viticultural team.

Total land area: 600 acres (240 hectares). Total planted vineyard area: 300 acres (120 hectares).

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