Te Mata Estate Awatea Cabernet Merlot 2019

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Te Mata Estate Awatea Cabernet Merlot 2019

First made in 1982, Awatea continues to represent the vest of the classic Hawkes Bay Cabernet/Merlot blend.  Floral aromas with intense blackberry, currant and dark plum flavours lead to a rich, supple palate with a sustained finish.

Te Mata Estate Awatea Cabernet Merlot 2019

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.
ORIGIN
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.
VINEYARDS
The grapes for Awatea ’18 were hand harvested from Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between
25 March and 20 April 2018.
WINEMAKING
The separate parcels of grapes were destemmed before a traditional warm, plunged
fermentation and extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were then run
to new and seasoned French oak barrels for 16 months’ ageing. Throughout this time,
they were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January
2019, then returned to barrel for their second winter. The finished wine was then egg
white fined and bottled in October 2019. The final blend is 48% cabernet sauvignon,
37% merlot, 15% cabernet franc.
TASTING NOTE
Dark and bright, Awatea Cabernets/Merlot ’18 is an inky purple with an electric
crimson edge. From a warm and dry vintage, Awatea ’18 shows ripe blackberry and
blackcurrant aromatics with elements of vanilla creme and sandalwood. On the palate
there’s a banquet of plum, raspberry, dried herbs and lingering dark cherry, set out
across cedar and cocoa powder tannins. Classical in structure, with fine balance and
length, Awatea Cabernets/Merlot ’18 is resplendent in its purity and detail.

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