This traditional blend of Bordeaux varieties is a consistently rewarding, complex wine showing ripe blackcurrant, plum and chocolate flavours with a supple and sustained palate.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
Te Mata Estate’s Woodthorpe Vineyard offers five single vineyard wines of eye-catching quality and value. Woodthorpe Merlot/Cabernets always reminds me of a good Bordeaux, with very satisfying depth of fresh berryish fruit flavours, some savoury, spicy complexity - and great drinkability..Michael Cooper, 100 must-try New Zealand Wines (JUL/2011)
“...fragrant, lifted and ripe, red berry fruit and floral aromatics... densely concentrated, ripe dark fruit flavours… Rating 18/20 - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Winery Tasting Notes
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Merlot/Cabernets ‘09 has a dark ruby colour.
The wine shows aromas of ripe blackberry, blueberry, cedar and spiced fruitcake.
The palate is rounded and generous, with lovely fruit richness supported by ripe powdery tannins, giving structure and length to the long finish.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Merlot/Cabernets ‘09 is a blend of 46% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Petit Verdot.
It is a wonderful accompaniment to savoury red meats dishes and hard white cheeses.
It will continue to evolve in bottle for 3-6 years from harvest.
The individual parcels of each variety, from each plot, were destemmed and given a warm, plunged fermentation with extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were run off to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 19 months’ maturation. The barrels were regularly topped and racked before blending and egg white fining prior to bottling.