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2014 Te Mata Estate Awatea Cabernet Merlot

Te Mata Estate

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Our Price: $36.99 / bottle (RRP: $50.00) Case: 6 x 750 ml
'This has elegance, freshness and balance, with an aromatic coolness that will see the wine develop 8-10 years easily.'
19/20  -  Raymond Chan
  • Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognised wines exclusively from its historic Hawke's Bay vineyards.

    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. Awatea is a full flavoured wine that can be enjoyed over 8-10 years.

    Awatea takes its name from the historic ship SS Awatea (a Maori word meaning €œEye 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.

  • TASTING NOTES  

    A deep, midnight red - Awatea '14 is a precious jewel. Aromas of ripe blackcurrant, blackberry and red fruit unfurl from 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.

    Closed with a natural cork that will allow Awatea '14 to continue to evolve in bottle and provide great enjoyment up to 10 years from harvest.

    The final blend is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot.

    WINEMAKING NOTES

    Vineyard - The grapes for Awatea '14 were hand harvested from Te Mata Estate's vineyards between 10 March and 3 April 2014.

    Winemaking - The separate parcels of grapes were de-stemmed 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 2015, then returned to barrel for their second winter. The finished wine was then egg white fined and bottled in November 2015.

    WINE ANALYSIS

    pH -  3.52
    Total acidity as tartaric -  6.0g/l
    Alcohol -  13.5%
    Residual sugar -  Dry

  • 'Very dark, deep, black-purple colour, a little lighter on the rim, and youthful in appearance. The nose is fresh and refined with dark red florals entwined with black and red currants and fresh, dark herbs. The aromatics are beautifully pure and grow in depth and penetration in the glass. Medium full bodied, the palate is tightly concentrated with a sleek, intense heart of bold blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit. This has lifted dark red-floral aromatics along with piquant fresh herbs and a hint of leafiness, but the fruit sweetness and richness unfolds, enlivened by crisp, refined, lacy acidity. The tannin extraction lends a fine-grained structure that allows the fruit fragrance and succulent vibrancy to prevail. The wine flows with excellent linearity to a very long, aromatic finish of dark red florals, herbs and cassis liqueur. This has elegance, freshness and balance, with an aromatic coolness that will see the wine develop 8-10 years easily. 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 25% new French oak.'
    19/20  - Raymond Chan

    'The bouquet is classic Bordeaux: fragrant, inviting and complex with cassis, plum, dried herb and floral notes with hints of grilled meat and cedar. The palate is concentrated and focused, and offers fine texture and flowing mouthfeel. The wine is perfectly framed by fine, delicately drying tannins, and finishes superbly long and engaging. A glorious Awatea, offering exceptional value, that will delight fans of this label over coming years. The 2014 vintage wine is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. At its best: 2018 to 2030.'
    95 Points -  Sam King



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