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2016 Estate Merlot/Cabernets

Te Mata Tasting Note

Bright magenta, Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’16 shows lifted notes of blackberry and boysenberry, with fine touches of mint, sandalwood and fresh, ripe cherry. Prune, coffee, redcurrant and wild strawberry on the palate all add depth to the wine’s immediate appeal – balanced fruit concentration that glides to a savoury finish and plush, firm tannins. Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’16. A little bit royal. A little bit excellent, every time.

Vintage

2016

Blend

45% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon,
15% cabernet franc

Vineyards

Havelock Hills, Woodthorpe Terraces

Cellaring

5 to 8 years +

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Winemaking

Estate Merlot/Cabernets '16

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 12 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 45% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon, 15% cabernet franc.

Vineyards

Woodthorpe Terraces

The grapes for Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’16 were harvested between 26 March and 20 April 2016 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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Estate Vineyards

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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