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Te Mata Awatea Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014

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Awatea is the little black dress of wine. Perfect for every occasion. Exquisitely tailored. A brilliant bright-purple edge swirls around lush aromas of blackberry, blueberry, bay leaf and an opulent, sumptuous core of ripe, dark fruit shimmering with dark plum, black cherry and fine liquorice entwined with lingering, milk chocolate tannins. Never a stitch out of place, with style and elegance in every fold. Awatea ’15 is fine wine couture.


Wine Storage Suggestions & the 2017 Te Mata Cellaring Guide
Awatea ’15 is closed with a natural cork, allowing continued evolution in bottle for ten years from harvest.


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TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
pH: 3.55
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.0g/l
Alcohol: 14%
Residual Sugar: Dry


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 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 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.


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.

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Winery Note:

Hawke’s Bay is a very special place for making wine. Its range of slopes, plains and climatic differences, coupled with low humidity and ample ultra-violet light, give winemakers a comprehensive toolkit to showcase their skills. Soils are young and derived from the gravels, silt and sands left behind as the three main rivers of Hawke’s Bay changed course over thousands of years.

Te Mata Estate was established here in 1896, specialising in high-quality wines of classical style. Every step in the production of our wines is undertaken by us, from grape growing and pruning through to winemaking and bottling.

Over the last forty years Te Mata Estate has established an internationally-recognised array of red and white wines including Coleraine, Awatea, Bullnose Syrah, Elston Chardonnay, Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc and, released in 2009, Zara Viognier.

In 2012, Te Mata Estate launched Estate Vineyards - a collection of five varietally-designated wines; Merlot/Cabernets, Syrah, Gamay Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The Estate Vineyard wines are produced exclusively from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards and represent the best qualities of their variety, vintage, and Hawke's Bay origin.

Today, Te Mata Estate is recognized as one of New Zealand’s most prestigious wine producers, making nearly 40,000 cases a year of premium wine and exporting to over 42 countries.

Additional Information

Volume (ml)750ml
How it's madeMostly regular production techniques
Product typeWine Red Cabernet and Bordeaux Blends
Vintage2014
CountryNew Zealand
RegionHawkes Bay
Sub-RegionHawkes Bay

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