Te Mata Estate’s Woodthorpe vineyard is a large single vineyard on elevated river terraces, angled to the sun. This traditional blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc is a complex and rewarding wine showing ripe blackcurrant, plum and chocolate flavours with a supple and sustained palate.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
This bargain-priced red is Te Mata’s biggest seller – and deservedly so. The 2008 vintage estate-grown in Hawke’s Bay, is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, matured for 17 months in French oak casks (new and seasoned). Full-coloured, with a fragrant, slightly spicy bouquet, it is fresh and vibrant, with generous blackcurrant and spice flavours, slightly herbal and nutty. It’s finely balanced for early drinking or moderate cellaring.Rating 4 Stars -Michael Cooper, Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2011
Has an attractive cedar nose with dark berry fruits, savory, gamey with good definition. The palate broadens out to some lush, black cherry, bilberry and allspice notes.Rating 90 -92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate #191 (OCT/2010)
Lovers of Hawke’s Bay reds shouldn’t miss the fragrant, finely balanced Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Vineyard Merlot/Cabernets 2008, a blackcurrant, herb
and spice-flavoured wine, ready to roll.Michael Cooper, New Zealand Listener (03/DEC/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
44% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 13% Petit Verdot.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Merlot/Cabernets ‘08 has a deep, red garnet colour.
The wins has warm aromas of spicy cherry, boysenberry and dark plum.
Dark cherry syrup, cedar and chocolate all feature on the palate, with firm, velvety tannins and a touch of licorice to the long finish.
It is a wonderful accompaniment to savoury red meats dishes and hard white cheeses.
This wine will continue to evolve in bottle for 3-6 years from harvest.