Tasting Notes 1989
Awatea ‘89 is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc.
The wine has a deep crimson/purple colour with an aroma of cedar and black currants, generous firm tannins and plum and coffee flavours.
It has a development span of 8-12 years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.6g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
Awatea takes its name from the legendary ship SS Awatea (a Maori word meaning ‘Eye of the Dawn’) that sailed the Auckland - Sydney - Wellington route in the late 1930’s. The Awatea was requisitioned as a troop transport in WWII and was sunk off Algeria in 1942.