The individual parcels of each variety, from each plot, were de-stemmed before a traditional warm fermentation, followed by extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were pressed, returned to tank for malolactic fermentation, then run off to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 11 months’ maturation. The wines were regularly topped and racked, throughout maturation, then blended and traditionally egg-white fined before bottling. The final blend is 58% merlot, 31% cabernet sauvignon and 11% cabernet franc.
2013 Estate Merlot/Cabernets
Te Mata Tasting Note
Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’13 has a youthful magenta colour, with powerful dark rose, blackberry, plum, chocolate, thyme and cedar characters. The palate is both complex and delicious; with rich, sweet fruit flavours on a supple, dry tannin structure that provides length and a refreshing finish.
58% merlot, 31% cabernet sauvignon and 11% cabernet franc
Havelock Hills, Woodthorpe Terraces
5 to 8 years +
Estate Merlot/Cabernets '13
2013 was a remarkable vintage, touted as the finest in 30 years. The exceptional growing season resulted in very ripe grapes, with fresh acidity and fine, supple tannin structures. The grapes for Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’13 were harvested between 30 March and 12 April 2013 from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards in the Bridge Pa Triangle, Havelock Hills and Woodthorpe Terraces sub-regions of Hawke’s Bay.
All Te Mata Estate wines are grown in the same vineyards, made by the same people, and are all bottled onsite at the winery established in 1896. Estate wines are varietally-driven, representing the finest expression of Te Mata’s Hawke’s Bay vineyard sites.
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