Te Mata Awatea Cabernet Merlot 2011 (6 x 750mL), Hawke's Bay, NZ.

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Awatea takes its name from the legendary ship SS Awatea (a Maori word meaning “Eye of the Dawn”) that sailed the Auckland – Sydney – Wellington route in the late 1930’s. The Awatea was requisitioned as a troop transport in WWII and was sunk off Algeria in 1942.

The vineyard is named Awatea as it is owned by the Austen-Smith family who had connections to both the Union Shipping Company and the NZ Shipping Company. An earlier branch of the family had purchased various fittings that were stripped from the Awatea when it was requisitioned as a troop carrier in WW2. The following generation named the vineyard Awatea to maintain the family connection to the ship; Te Mata Estate and the Austen-Smith family asked the Union Shipping Company permission to use the ships name and image on the wine in recognition of this link between the wine, the vineyard, the family and their connection to the SS Awatea.

First made in 1982, and originally a single vineyard wine, Awatea is now produced from over thirty separate cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot wines made from Te Mata Estate's nine Hawke's Bay vineyards. When Awatea is well cellared it develops and intensifies in bottle for 8-12 years from harvest.

NZ - Hawke's Bay
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

"A beautiful expression of Awatea" In true Awatea from, this vintage offers youthful charm as well as potential for raceful development. The bouquet is fragrant showing red/black plum, cassis, floral and hints of game and dried herbs. It's flowing and texured on the palate with lovely mid palate weight and fine chalky tannins providing excellent frame and balance. Rating 94 - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Issue 15 2013

Winery Tasting Notes


Awatea ’11 has a bright magenta colour


Enticing aromas of black cherry, raspberry, plum and cedar.


The palate is beautifully balanced with an immediate surge of boysenberry and vanilla spice leading to fine, ripe tannins providing a classically refreshing finish.


Closed with a natural cork that will allow Awatea ’11 to continue to evolve.

NZ - Hawke's Bay
Grape Style
Cabernet Blends
Closure Type
Cork closure

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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