Awatea '01

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 2001

Awatea 2001 has a dark, ruby colour, aromas of boysenberries, plums and cedar, and flavours showing hints of chocolate and anise. The wine has a sustained ripe finish with integrated tannins.

Awatea 2001 is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot and has a development span of 4-7 years from harvest.

Awatea 2001 is a lovely accompaniment to red meats, cheese and European and English styles of cooking.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.7
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.6g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: Dry


They grapes were destemmed, given a plunged, warm fermentation and then barrel aged for 18 months, during which time they were regularly topped and racked, and finally egg-white fined prior to bottling in December 2002.


The grapes for Awatea 2001 were hand harvested between the 2nd and the 24th 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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