Awatea '87

Awatea Cabernets/Merlot '18

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$39.90/ bottle

Coleraine ’18 (750ml)

Presented in the Coleraine wooden box

$129 special

Tasting Notes 1987

1987 Awatea Cabernet/Merlot is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.

It has a deep ruby/crimson colour, and a fragrance of spice and blackberries which reflects the high percentage of cabernet sauvignon in the wine. It has a palate of ripe berries with a firm tannin finish of considerable length.

Its ageing potential is 8-12 years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.5
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.9g/l
Alcohol: 12.5%
Refined sugar: Dry


The grapes were destemmed and crushed then given a traditional hand plunged fermentation until dryness. The skins were then macerated for a further two weeks, and then following malolactic fermentation the wine was run into French Oak Barriques, where it was aged for 18 months.


1987 Awatea Cabernet/Merlot was hand harvested between the 3rd and the 24th of April.


Awatea takes its name from the legendary ship SS Awatea (a Maori word meaning ‘Eye of the Dawn’) that sailed the Auckland - Sydney - Wellington route in the late 1930’s. The Awatea was requisitioned as a troop transport in WWII and was sunk off Algeria in 1942.

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