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2017 Te Mata Estate Merlot Cabernet

2017 Te Mata Estate Merlot Cabernet

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$137.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

Hawke's Bay
2017
750ml
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$137.94
Hawke's Bay
2017
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Te Mata Estate is New Zealand's leading producer of modern claret, a reputation founded, since 1982, upon the excellence of their flagship wine, Coleraine.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • The individual parcels of each variety, from each plot, were de-stemmed before a traditional warm fermentation, followed by extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were pressed, returned to tank for malolactic fermentation, then run off to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 11 months' maturation before blending. The wines were regularly topped and racked, throughout maturation, blended and traditionally egg-white fined before bottling. The final blend is 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Deep magenta, Estate Vineyards Cabernets/Merlot '17 overflows with fresh red berries, dark cherries, blueberry and ripe Hawke's Bay plums. Savoury bay leaf, and fine toast and spice notes from the oak, give our 2017 release great presence, varietal personality and complexity on the palate. Appealing, approachable – and just a touch aristocratic – Estate Vineyards Cabernets/Merlot '17 continues to over-deliver in flavour, intricacy and finesse.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognized wines exclusively from its Hawke’s Bay vineyards. A temperate maritime climate with low rainfall, due to the rain shadow from mountains to the west, ensures Te Mata’s sites make the most of every vintage. At the heart of Te Mata Estate are the Havelock Hills Vineyards - the first legally-protected vineyards in New Zealand. Te Mata has five sites on these free draining, north-facing slopes. Soils to the east are mostly sandy loam over a sandstone base, and towards the west are sandy loam over a thin layer of clay and a silica pan. The distinctive shape of the hills is due to their comparative youth, in geological terms. At the meeting point of two tectonic plates, sandstone has been pushed up then worn away relatively quickly leaving a landscape of steep and gentle slopes, and terraces ideal for grape-growing. Under vine for over 120 years, and including some of the oldest grape growing sites in New Zealand, the Havelock Hills are protected for their distinct character, special ambience and unique viticultural heritage.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 93 POINTS

    SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT


    Beautifully fruited and wonderfully composed, the wine shows dark plum, blackcurrant, floral, vanilla and toasted nut characters on the nose, leading to a succulent palate that is supple and rounded. It is pristine and elegant, while offering stylish complexity and delectable intensity, well supported by fine, polished tannins. At its best: now to 2022