Merlot/Cabernets '05

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$22.10/ bottle

Tasting Notes 2005

Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Merlot/Cabernet ‘05 is bright crimson in colour, with aromas of dark plum, blackberry and red roses. The palate shows currants and spice characters on ripe, powdery tannins with a long, fine finish.

Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Merlot/Cabernet ‘05 is a blend of 57% Merlot, 34% Cabernet and 9% Petit Verdot. It is a natural partner to grilled red meats and hard white cheeses. It will continue to develop in bottle for 3-6 years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.52
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.75g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: Nil


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 16 months’ maturation. During this time, they were regularly topped and racked, then blended, egg white fined and given a light fi ltration prior to bottling in August 2006.


Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Merlot/Cabernet ‘05 was harvested from Woodthorpe vineyard between the 4 and 23 of April 2005.


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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