Cabernets/Merlot

Awatea '15

Awatea Cabernet/Merlots '15

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.

$34.90/ bottle

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.

Wine Storage Suggestions & the 2017 Te Mata Cellaring Guide
Awatea ’15 is closed with a natural cork, allowing continued evolution in bottle for ten years from harvest.

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International Distribution & Stockists - Australia - United Kingdom

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
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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Awatea '08- 'Strong sweet fruit with plump, ripe berry, plum, spice, tobacco and floral flavours. An impressively dense wine with layers of flavours that nicely envelope a classy oak influence. Accessible and very attractive.'
Gourmet Traveller Wine, June/July 2010 All Reviews