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2015 Estate Merlot/Cabernets

Te Mata Tasting Note

Deep crimson with a floral lift and charm, Estate Merlot/Cabernets ’15 has a beguiling, aromatic intricacy with a core of sustained, poised, ripe fruit on the palate. Chocolatey merlot, and sumptuous raspberry and blackberry notes from cabernet franc give a supple weight to the wine. The tapenade and dried herb of cabernet deepen the savoury appeal and varietal expression. Artfully crafted, graceful and svelte, Estate Merlot/Cabernets ’15 is a deceptively elegant wine.

Vintage

2015

Blend

52% merlot, 28% cabernet sauvignon, 16% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot

Vineyards

Havelock Hills, Woodthorpe Terraces

Cellaring

5 to 8 years +

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Winemaking

Estate Merlot/Cabernets '15

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 8 months’ maturation before blending. The wines were regularly topped and racked, throughout maturation, blended and traditionally egg-white fined before bottling. The final blend is 52% merlot, 28% cabernet sauvignon, 16% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot.

Vineyards

Woodthorpe Terraces

The grapes for Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’15 were harvested between 3 March and 15 April 2015 from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards in the Bridge Pa Triangle, Havelock Hills and Woodthorpe Terraces sub-regions of Hawke’s Bay.

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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.

Licence Number 29/OFF/032/20: Exp Feb 2023

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