A wine that exhibits the best qualities of great Hawke’s Bay cabernets/merlot - intense aromatic berry fruit characters, a rich mid palate and a supple tannin structure.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
The 2014 Cabernet Merlot Awatea was a finished blend, just needing to be fined and bottled in January 2016. Deep garnet-purple colored, it has a very spicy, toasty, pencil shavings and plums laced nose. Ripe, plump, rounded and with generous fruit in the mouth, it delivers a firm backbone of ripe tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing with great persistence. Rating 92 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (DEC/2015).
Winery Tasting Notes
The final blend is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon 33% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot.
A deep, midnight red - Awatea ’14 is a precious jewel.
Aromas of ripe blackcurrant, blackberry and red fruit.
This wine has a voluptuous, brambly palate. Layers of cocoa-cherry spice and flicks of cedar and rosemary reflect the texture, concentration and charm of an incredible 2014 Hawke’s Bay vintage. Stylish, expressive, coastal cabernet, Awatea ’14 is a wine to treasure.
Awatea is a full flavoured wine that can be enjoyed over 8-10 years.