Cabernets/Merlot

Awatea '14

Awatea Cabernet/Merlots '15

A wine that exhibits the best qualities of great Hawke’s Bay cabernets/merlot - intense aromatic berry fruit characters, a rich mid-palate and a supple tannin structure. Awatea is a full flavoured wine that can be enjoyed over 8-10 years.

$34.90/ bottle

Tasting Note
A deep, midnight red - Awatea ’14 is a precious jewel. Aromas of ripe blackcurrant, blackberry and red fruit unfurl from a voluptuous, brambly palate. Layers of cocoa-cherry spice and flicks of cedar and rosemary reflect the texture, concentration and charm of an incredible 2014 Hawke’s Bay vintage. Stylish, expressive, coastal cabernet, Awatea ’14 is a wine to treasure.
The final blend is 45% cabernet sauvignon 33% merlot, 14% cabernet franc and 8% petit verdot.

Technical Analysis at bottling
pH: 3.52
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.0g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual Sugar: Dry

Vineyards
The grapes for Awatea ’14 were hand harvested from Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 10 March and 3 April 2014.

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 2015, then returned to barrel for their second winter. The finished wine was then egg white fined and bottled in November 2015.

Cellaring Potential
Closed with a natural cork that will allow Awatea ’14 to continue to evolve in bottle and provide great enjoyment up to 10 years from harvest.

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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'Blended in much the same proportions as its close and classy relative, the much-valued Te Mata Coleraine, with just a jot of petit verdot. Also an elegant and complex wine, fragrantly spiced and richly fruited with blackberry, plums.'
Warren Barton, Dominion Post, 2012 All Reviews