Deep magenta, Estate Vineyards Cabernets/Merlot ’17 overflows with fresh red berries, dark cherries, blueberry and ripe Hawke’s Bay plums. Savoury bay leaf, and fine toast and spice notes from the oak, give our 2017 release great presence, varietal personality and complexity on the palate. Appealing, approachable – and just a touch aristocratic – Estate Vineyards Cabernets/Merlot ’17 continues to over-deliver in flavour, intricacy and finesse.
Wine Storage Suggestions
Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’17 will continue to evolve in bottle for three to six years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric 5.6g/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 11 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 47% cabernet sauvignon, 41% merlot and 12% cabernet franc.
The grapes for Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’17 were harvested between 20 March and 11 April 2017 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.
Cabernets/Merlot '17- 'Dark plum, blackcurrant, floral, vanilla and toasted nut characters, leading to a succulent palate that is supple and rounded. Pristine and elegant, while offering stylish complexity and delectable intensity, well supported by fine, polished tannins. Beautifully fruited and wonderfully composed.' 93 points, 5 starsWine Orbit, Sam Kim, November 2018 All Reviews