|Our Price: $41.99 / bottle (RRP: $49.99)||Case: 6 x 750 ml|
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.
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 ’15 were hand harvested from Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 28 March and 17 April 2015.
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 2016, then returned to barrel for their second winter. The finished wine was then egg white fined and bottled in November 2016. The final blend is 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc.
Alc/vol - 14.0%
'Fragrant and full-bodied with rich blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, this complex, savoury red is already a lovely mouthful.'
5 Stars - Michael Cooper
'Violet, bay leaf, black fruit, almost liquorice, mocha, baking spices and cedar. Medium bodied, black fruit laced with liquorice and tobacco, a fleshy mass of tannin and dark chocolate, cool clean acidity, and very long finish, all black tea and perfume in the aftertaste. Chewy satisfaction and a little flamboyance in every mouthful. Love this.'
94 Points - Gary Walsh
'Dark berry, plum, cigar box and floral characters with subtle mixed spice notes. Beautifully supple and ripe, and offers gorgeous fruit intensity together with subtle oak undertones and spicy complexity, brilliantly supported by polished tannins. Approachable and friendly at the same time. Proper and refined, beautifully detailed and composed.'
94 Points - Sam Kim
'Deep purple/red colour and a rich, ripe bouquet of briary leafy and cedary Cabernet family fruit, with background blackberry and currant. The wine is bell-clear, pristine, beautifully made and fresh as a daisy, and promises to have quite a life in the cellar - although it drinks well now. Very elegant and finely textured.'
93 Points - Huon Hooke
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