Cabernets/Merlot

Awatea '15

Awatea Cabernet/Merlots '15

First made in 1982, Awatea continues to represent the best of the classic Hawke’s Bay cabernet/merlot blend.

$34.90/ bottle

A wine that exhibits the best qualities of great Hawke’s Bay cabernets/merlot - intense aromatic berry fruit characters, a rich mid-palate and a supple tannin structure. Awatea is a full flavoured wine that can be enjoyed over 8-10 years.

Awatea is the little black dress of wine. Perfect for every occasion. Exquisitely tailored. A brilliant bright-purple edge swirls around lush aromas of blackberry, blueberry, bay leaf and an opulent, sumptuous core of ripe, dark fruit shimmering with dark plum, black cherry and fine liquorice entwined with lingering, milk chocolate tannins.

Never a stitch out of place, with style and elegance in every fold. Awatea ’15 is fine wine couture

Technical Analysis at bottling
pH: 3.55
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.0g/l
Alcohol: 14%
Residual Sugar: Dry

Vineyards
The grapes for Awatea ’15 were hand harvested from Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 28 March and 17 April 2015.

Winemaking
The separate parcels of grapes were destemmed before a traditional warm, plunged fermentation and extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were then run to new and seasoned French oak barrels for 16 months’ ageing. Throughout this time, they were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2016, then returned to barrel for their second winter. The finished wine was then egg white fined and bottled in November 2016. The final blend is 46% cabernet sauvignon, 43% merlot, 11% cabernet franc.

Cellaring Potential
Closed with a natural cork that will allow Awatea ’15 to continue to evolve in bottle and provide great enjoyment up to 10 years from harvest.

Origin
Awatea takes its name from the historic ship SS Awatea (a Maori word meaning “Eye of the Dawn”) that sailed the Auckland – Sydney – Wellington route in the late 1930s. The Awatea was requisitioned as a troop transport in WWII and was sunk off Algeria in 1942.

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'Perhaps it is the Petit Verdot, which is rare in New Zealand and isn’t used in Coleraine, that gives this wine’s bouquet its edge of wild characters. Long smooth and savoury... a popular wine.'
John Saker, Capital Times All Reviews