Estate Vineyards

Cabernets/Merlot '09

Estate Vineyards Cabernets/Merlot '18

This traditional blend of Bordeaux varieties shows notes of ripe cherry, date and blackcurrant with an even and sustained weight throughout.

$19.90/ bottle

Tasting Notes 2009

Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Merlot/Cabernets ‘09 has a dark ruby colour with  aromas of ripe blackberry, blueberry, cedar and spiced fruit cake. The palate is rounded and generous, with lovely fruit richness supported by ripe powdery tannins, giving structure and length to the long finish.

Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Merlot/Cabernets ‘09 is a blend of 46% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% 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: 3.57
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.8g/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 19 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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Cabernets/Merlot '09 - 'Very good fruit concentration, developing a slight seashell quality with aeration.' 89-91 points
Neal Martin, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, October 2010 All Reviews