Awatea '88

Awatea Cabernets/Merlot '18

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$39.90/ bottle

Coleraine ’18 (750ml)

Presented in the Coleraine wooden box

$129 special

Tasting Notes 1988

1988 Awatea Cabernet/Merlot is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon; 13% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. It has a mid crimson colour, with blackberry and cassis aromas and a long flavour of fruit, firm oak and soft tannins.

1988 Awatea Cabernet/Merlot has a development span of 8-12 years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.5
Total acid as tartaric: 5.9g/l
Alcohol: 12%
Residual sugar: Dry


1988 Awatea Cabernet/Merlot was hand harvested between the 30th March and the 14th 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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