Awatea is the little black dress of wine. Perfect for every occasion. Exquisitely tailored. A brilliant bright-purple edge swirls around lush aromas of blackberry, blueberry, bay leaf and an opulent, sumptuous core of ripe, dark fruit shimmering with dark plum, black cherry and fine liquorice entwined with lingering, milk chocolate tannins. Never a stitch out of place, with style and elegance in every fold. Awatea ’15 is fine wine couture.
Closed with a natural cork that will allow Awatea to continue to evolve in bottle and provide great enjoyment up to 10 years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.0g/l
Residual Sugar: Dry
The grapes for Awatea ’15 were hand harvested from Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 28 March and 17 April 2015.
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 2016, then returned to barrel for their second winter. The finished wine was then egg white fined and bottled in November 2016. The final blend is 46% cabernet sauvignon, 43% merlot, 11% cabernet franc.
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 '15 - 'Delivers all the classic notes of a blended bordeaux-style red, from cedar and vanilla to black cherry and cassis. Hints of tobacco add savory complexity to the mix, while firm tannin's bolster the case for aging this medium to full-bodied wine a few years before coming back to it.'Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, March 2018 All Reviews