The 1994 vintage for Te Mata Estate was of high quality.  Although cool weather in November delayed flowering, a very warm and dry growing season led to intensely concentrated crops.  Yields on sauvignon blanc were 15% down;  on reds and chardonnay they were about normal.  The resulting wines should be powerful, concentrated, with significant keeping qualities and may not be quite as fresh and forward as many consumers expect from New Zealand wine.

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