Awatea '08

Awatea Cabernets/Merlot '18

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$39.90/ bottle

Coleraine ’18 (750ml)

Presented in the Coleraine wooden box

$129 special

Tasting Notes 2008

Awatea ’08 has a dark crimson colour with fragrant aromas of blackberry, cherry, lavender and cedar. The palate is layered and complex, with fresh blackberry and raspberry flavours to the fore and ripe, firm tannins on the finish.

Awatea ’08 is a blend of 44% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot, 16% cabernet franc, and 7% petit verdot. It will continue to evolve in bottle, providing great enjoyment between 4 and 8 years from harvest. It is a natural partner for savoury red meat dishes and hard cheeses.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.57
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.7g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: Dry


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 20 months’ ageing. Throughout this time they were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2009, then returned to barrel for their second winter. The finished wine was then egg white fined and bottled in December 2009.


The grapes for Awatea ’08 were hand harvested from Te Mata Estate’s vineyards  between 22 March and 4 April 2008.


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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Awatea '08 - 'it has a very Bordeaux-like nose with blackberry, raspberry, a touch of licorice and scorched earth. The palate is medium bodied, firm tannins, very classic in style with superb balance. There is definitely a nod to the Old World here, a touch of leafiness towards the cedar-infused finish and great length.' 92 points
Neal Martin, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, October 2010 All Reviews