Estate Vineyards

Cabernets/Merlot '04

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This traditional blend of Bordeaux varieties is a consistently rewarding, overflowing with fresh red berries, dark cherries and savoury notes with spices.

$19.90/ bottle

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

Winemaking

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.

Vineyards

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

Origin

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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