A deep, midnight red - Awatea ’14 is a precious jewel. Aromas of ripe blackcurrant, blackberry and red fruit unfurl from a voluptuous, brambly palate. Layers of cocoa-cherry spice and flicks of cedar and rosemary reflect the texture, concentration and charm of an incredible 2014 Hawke’s Bay vintage. Stylish, expressive, coastal cabernet, Awatea ’14 is a wine to treasure.
The final blend is 45% cabernet sauvignon 33% merlot, 14% cabernet franc and 8% petit verdot.
Technical Analysis at bottling
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.0g/l
Residual Sugar: Dry
The grapes for Awatea ’14 were hand harvested from Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 10 March and 3 April 2014.
The separate parcels of grapes were destemmed before a traditional warm, plunged fermentation and extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were then run to new and seasoned French oak barrels for 16 months’ ageing. Throughout this time, they were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2015, then returned to barrel for their second winter. The finished wine was then egg white fined and bottled in November 2015.
Closed with a natural cork that will allow Awatea ’14 to continue to evolve in bottle and provide great enjoyment up to 10 years from harvest.
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 and was sunk off Algeria in 1942.
Awatea '14 ★★★★★ - 'Bright, fresh red with red and blue berries, pepper and subtle leafy flavours plus a seasoning of spicy oak.' 92 PointsBob Campbell MW, bobcampbell.co.nz, February 2016 All Reviews