Tasting Notes 2007
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Merlot/Cabernets ‘07 is a deep, red ruby colour. It has aromas and ﬂavours of very ripe dark cherry and plum with spicy oak and a hint of milk chocolate. A velvety texture with a ﬁne tannin ﬁrmness carries through the palate.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Merlot/Cabernets ‘07 is a blend of 44% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and 15% Petit Verdot. It is a wonderful accompaniment to savoury red meats dishes and hard white cheeses and will continue to evolve in bottle for 3-6 years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.8g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The individual 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 17 months’ maturation. The barrels were regularly topped and racked before blending and egg white ﬁning prior to bottling.
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.