Bright magenta, Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’16 shows lifted notes of blackberry and boysenberry, with fine touches of mint, sandalwood and fresh, ripe cherry. Prune, coffee, redcurrant and wild strawberry on the palate all add depth to the wine’s immediate appeal - balanced fruit concentration that glides to a savoury finish and plush, firm tannins. Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’16. A little bit royal. A little bit excellent, every time.
Wine Storage Suggestions
Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’16 will continue to evolve in bottle for three to six years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric 6.1g/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 8 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 45% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 15% cabernet franc.
The grapes for Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’16 were harvested between 26 March and 20 April 2016 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.
'An accessible well-made red that's worth drinking now and over the next few years.' 90/100 ★★★★Bob Campbell MW, November 2017 All Reviews