Tasting Notes 2006
Awatea 06 is a bright magenta colour with concentrated blackberry, prune, and black cherry characters and notes of cedar and bay leaf. Lovely ripe tannins provide structure to this complex palate, and create a refreshing end to its long ﬁnish.
Awatea ‘06 is a blend of 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 38% Merlot and 11% Petit Verdot. It will continue to evolve in bottle for ten years from harvest and partners savoury red meat dishes and hard cheeses.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.8g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The individual parcels of grapes were each destemmed and crushed before undergoing a traditional warm, plunged fermentation with extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were run into a mixture of new and seasoned barrels for 20 months’ maturation. Throughout this time, the barrels were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2007 then egg white ﬁ ned during the second winter in barrel. The ﬁnished wine was bottled in December 2007.
Between 25 March and 22 April 2006, the grapes for Awatea 06 were hand harvested from their separate plots within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards.
Awatea takes its name from the legendary ship SS Awatea (a Maori word meaning “Eye of the Dawn”) that sailed the Auckland – Sydney – Wellington route in the late 1930’s. The Awatea was requisitioned as a troop transport in WWII and was sunk off Algeria in 1942.