Merlot/Cabernets '03

Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets '19

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$22.10/ bottle

Tasting Notes 2003

Woodthorpe Cabernet/Merlot 2003 has a bright crimson colour, with aromas and flavours of spice, plum and mulberry. The palate is long and fine, with well-integrated cedary oak and a sustained finish. It is a blend of 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc and 16% Petit Verdot.

Woodthorpe Cabernet/Merlot 2003 is a wonderful partner to classical European cuisine, casseroles, grilled red meats and full-flavoured cheeses. It will continue to develop in bottle for 3-5 years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.66
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.5g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: Dry


The individual parcels of each variety from each vineyard were separately crushed, destemmed and given warm, plunged fermentations. The resulting wines remained on skins for extended maceration before pressing and malo-lactic fermentation in tank. They were run off to a mixture of new and seasoned 225-litre oak barrels, still as separate components. Following maturation, topping and racking, these individual wines were blended to create a complete wine that then received further barrel ageing before egg white fining and filtration prior to bottling.


The grapes for this wine were hand-harvested between the 7th April and the 2nd May 2003.


Te Mata Estate is New Zealand’s leading producer of modern claret, a reputation founded, since 1982, upon the excellence of our flagship wine, Coleraine. Exactly the same quality grape growing and winemaking applies to Woodthorpe Merlot/Cabernet, our largest selling wine. Its popularity stems from its accessible soft, ripe fruit flavours, combined with an elegant palate structure, a hallmark of all Te Mata Estate’s wines.

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