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 before blending. The wines were regularly topped and racked, throughout maturation, blended and traditionally egg-white fined before bottling. The final blend is 47% cabernet sauvignon, 41% merlot , 12% cabernet franc.
2017 Estate Merlot/Cabernets
Te Mata Tasting Note
Deep magenta, Estate Vineyards Cabernets/Merlot ’17 overflows with fresh red berries, dark cherries, blueberry and ripe Hawke’s Bay plums. Savoury bay leaf, and fine toast and spice notes from the oak, give our 2017 release great presence, varietal personality and complexity on the palate. Appealing, approachable – and just a touch aristocratic – Estate Vineyards Cabernets/Merlot ’17 continues to over-deliver in flavour, intricacy and finesse.
47% cabernet sauvignon, 41% merlot , 12% cabernet franc
Havelock Hills, Woodthorpe Terraces
5 to 8 years +
Estate Merlot/Cabernets '17
The grapes for Estate Vineyards Cabernets/Merlot ’17 were harvested between 20 March and 11 April 2017 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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