Awatea '98

Awatea Cabernet/Merlots '18

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.

$39.90/ bottle

Tasting Notes 1998

1998 Awatea Cabernet Merlot is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc.

The wine has a dark crimson colour, aromas of very ripe plums and blackberries with a background of spicy oak leading to a rich supple palate with abundant soft tannins.

1998 Awatea Cabernet Merlot is superb with Italian and French styled food, with grills, roasts, antipasto and cheese – any dish with plenty of flavour.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.74
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.6g/l
Alcohol: 13.7%
Residual sugar: Dry


The grapes were destemmed and crushed, had a plunged, warm fermentation and following pressing the wine was transferred to 225 litre oak barrels for maturation until November 1999. During this time the wine was topped, racked, blended and egg white fined. 1998 Awatea Cabernet Merlot will continue to improve in bottle for 8-12 years from harvest.


These grape varieties were hand picked between the 23rd March and the 18th 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.

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