Merlot/Cabernets '10

Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets '19

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$22.10/ bottle

Tasting Notes 2010

Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ‘10 has a dark ruby colour with aromas of fresh blackberry,plum, sage and vanilla. The palate is layered and soft, showing very ripe plum and berry notes intermixed with fine chocolatey tannins that sustain the long finish.

The final blend is 46% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, and 14% Petit Verdot. Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ‘10 is a wonderful accompaniment to savoury red meat dishes and hard white cheeses.

Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ‘10 will continue to evolve in bottle for 3-6 years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.62
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 19 months’ maturation. The barrels were regularly topped and racked before blending and egg white fining prior to bottling.


The grapes for Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ‘10 were harvested from our Bridge Pa Triangle, Havelock Hills and Woodthorpe Terraces vineyards between 25 March and 23 April 2010.


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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