Tasting Notes 1995
Awatea 1995 has a dark ruby purple colour, fragrant aromas of cedar, coffee and mushrooms, and a palate of ripe red berries with firm tannins and considerable length.
Awatea 1995 is a blend of 55% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot and 10% cabernet franc. It has the potential to develop in bottle for 5-10 years from harvest.
It is an ideal accompaniment to red meats, grilled, roasted or casseroled, to cheese, and to most dishes where herbs are used.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.3g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The grapes were destemmed, crushed, given a plunged fermentation peaking at 30oC and extended maceration on skins. Following pressing the wine was run into new and used barrels for eighteen months ageing, during which time it was topped, racked, and egg-white fined. It was then bottled in December 1996.
The grapes for Awatea 1995 were hand harvested between the 3rd and the 20th April.
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.