Cabernets/Merlot

Awatea '89

Awatea Cabernet/Merlots '16

A wine that exhibits the best qualities of great Hawke’s Bay cabernets/merlot - intense aromatic berry fruit characters, a rich mid-palate and a supple tannin structure. Awatea is a full flavoured wine that can be enjoyed over 8-10 years.

$34.90/ bottle

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.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.5
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.6g/l
Alcohol: 12.5%
Residual sugar: Dry

Origin

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.

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