Cabernets/Merlot '04

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Tasting Notes 2004

Woodthorpe Cabernet/Merlot 2004 is a rewarding, complex wine. It has a dark ruby colour, aromas of blackberry, clove, and vanilla with a juicy, supple palate showing plum and currant flavours on a sustained finish.

Woodthorpe Cabernet/Merlot 2004 is a classic blend of Cabernet varieties and Merlot with a small amount of another Bordeaux variety, Petit Verdot, which provides a distinct

currant and spice note to the wine. It is a wonderful accompaniment to all the savoury dishes that suit full flavoured, quality red wines and will continue to develop in bottle for 3-6 years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.64
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.5g/l
Alcohol: 14%
Residual sugar: Dry


The individual grape parcels, of each variety from each plot, were destemmed and given a warm, plunged fermentation with extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were run off to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for maturation. During this time, they were regularly topped and racked, then blended, egg white fined and given a light filtration prior to bottling in August 2005.


Woodthorpe Cabernet/Merlot 2004 was harvested from Te Mata Estate’s Woodthorpe vineyard between the 4th April and the 1st May 2004.


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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