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2018 Estate Cabernets/Merlot

Te Mata Tasting Note

Bright, intense magenta, with ripe wild blackberry, red plum, cherry cedar and rosemary all jumping from the glass, Estate Vineyards Cabernets/Merlot ’18 is fresh, rich and fruit-driven. The palate shows notes of ripe cherry, date and blackcurrant with an even and sustained weight throughout. Consistently overdelivering, Estate Vineyards Cabernets/Merlot ’18 remains an ode to balance, ripeness and modern Hawke’s Bay fruit-purity.

Vintage

2018

Blend

47% cabernet sauvignon, 37% merlot, 16% cabernet franc

Vineyards

Havelock Hills, Woodthorpe Terraces

Cellaring

5 to 8 years +

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Winemaking

Estate Cabernets/Merlot '18

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, 37% merlot, 16% cabernet franc.

Vineyards

Woodthorpe Terraces

The grapes for Estate Vineyards Cabernets/Merlot ’18 were harvested between 21 March and 20 April 2018 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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