Tasting Notes 2011
Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’11 has a bright crimson colour, with characters of plum, blackberry and apple compote, and an attractive cinnamon spice and bay leaf background. The classically structured palate shows sweet, ripe fruit flavours in great balance, with fine, dry tannin, leading to a supple, even finish.
The final blend is 51% merlot, 16% cabernet sauvignon, 21% cabernet franc andn 12% petit verdot. Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’11 is a wonderful accompaniment to savoury red meat dishes and hard white cheeses.
Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’11 will continue to evolve in bottle for 3-6 years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.5g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
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 18 months’ maturation. The wines were regularly topped and racked, throughout maturation, then blended and traditionally egg-white fined before bottling.
The grapes for Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’11 were harvested between 27 March and 23 April 2011 from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards in the Bridge Pa Triangle, Havelock Hills and Woodthorpe Terraces sub-regions of Hawke’s Bay.
Te Mata Estate is New Zealand’s leading producer of modern claret, a reputation founded, since 1982, upon the excellence of our flagship wine, Coleraine. Exactly the same quality grape growing and winemaking applies to Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernet. Its popularity stems from its accessible soft, ripe fruit flavours, combined with an elegant palate structure, a hallmark of all Te Mata Estate’s wines.