Cabernets/Merlot

Awatea '07

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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 2007

Awatea ‘07 has a deep magenta colour with aromas and flavours of ripe blackberry, wild strawberry and black plum with notes of vanilla, dark chocolate and thyme. The palate is rich with very fi ne grained tannins supporting the ripe fruit flavours right through to the long finish.

Awatea ‘07 is a blend of 40% cabernet sauvignon, 17% cabernet franc, 38% merlot and 5% petit verdot. It will continue to evolve in bottle for ten years from harvest and partners savoury red meat dishes and hard cheeses.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.6
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.6g/l
Alcohol: 14%
Residual sugar: Dry

Winemaking

The grapes were destemmed before undergoing a traditional warm, plunged fermentation with extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were run into a mixture of new and seasoned barrels for 20 months’ maturation. Throughout this time, the barrels were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2008, then egg white fined during their second winter. The finished wine was bottled in January 2009.

Vineyards

The grapes for Awatea ‘07 were hand-harvested from their separate plots within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 28 March and 24 April 2007.

Origin

Awatea takes its name from the historic ship SS Awatea (a Maori word meaning “Eye of the Dawn”) that sailed the Auckland – Sydney – Wellington route in the late 1930s. The Awatea was requisitioned as a troop transport in WWII andwas sunk off Algeria in 1942.

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