2019

Awatea

$39.90

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★★★★★
Michael Cooper, NZ Listener, March 2021


Te Mata Tasting Note
Dark and bright, Awatea Cabernets/Merlot ’19 is an inky purple with an electric crimson edge. From a warm and dry vintage, Awatea ’19 shows ripe blackberry and blackcurrant aromatics with elements of vanilla creme and sandalwood. On the palate there’s a banquet of plum, raspberry, dried herbs and lingering dark cherry, set out across cedar and cocoa powder tannins. Classical in structure, with fine balance and length, Awatea Cabernets/Merlot ’19 is resplendent in its purity and detail.

Weight 1 kg
Vintage

2019

Blend

46% cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot, 22% cabernet franc

Vineyards

Havelock Hills, Hawke's Bay

Cellaring

5 to 8 years +

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Awatea Cabernets/Merlot '19

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 15 months’ ageing. Throughout this time, they were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2020, then returned to barrel for their second winter. The finished wine was then egg white fined and bottled in November 2020. The final blend is 46% cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot, 22% cabernet franc.

Havelock Hills

Vineyards

The grapes for Awatea ’19 were hand harvested from Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 26 and 28 March 2019.

Awatea

Origins

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.

Licence Number 29/OFF/032/20: Exp Feb 2023

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