Merlot/Cabernets '08

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$22.10/ bottle

Tasting Notes 2008

Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Merlot/Cabernets ‘08 has a deep, red garnet colour with warm aromas of spicy cherry, boysenberry and dark plum. Dark cherry syrup, cedar and chocolate all feature on the palate, with firm, velvety tannins and a touch of licorice to the long finish.

Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Merlot/Cabernets ‘08 is a blend of 44% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 13% 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.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.54
Total acidity as tartaric: 6g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
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.

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