Merlot/Cabernets '13

Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets '19

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$22.10/ bottle

Tasting Notes 2013

Estate Vineyards Merlot/ Cabernets '13 has a youthful magenta colour, with powerful dark rose, blackberry, plum, chocolate, thyme and cedar characters. The palate is both complex and delicious, with rich, sweet fruit flavours on a supple, dry tannin structure that provides length and a refreshing finish.

The final blend is 58% merlot, 31% cabernet sauvignon, and 11% cabernet franc. Estate Vineyards Merlot/ Cabernets '13 is a wonderful accompaniment to hard cheeses and anything that once lived in a field.

Estate Vineyards Merlot/ Cabernets '13 will continue to evolve in bottle for three to six years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.53
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.1g/l
Alcohol: 14%
Residual sugar: Dry


The individual parcels of each variety, from each plot, were de-stemmed before a traditional warm fermentation, followed by extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were pressed, returned to tank for malolactic fermentation, then run off to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 12 months’ maturation. The wines were regularly topped and racked, throughout maturation, then blended and traditionally egg-white fined before bottling.


2013 was a remarkable vintage, touted as the finest in 30 years. The exceptional growing season resulted in very ripe grapes, with fresh acidicty and fine, supple tannin structures. The grapes for Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’13 were harvested between 30 March and 12 April 2013 from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards in the Bridge Pa Triangle, Havelock Hills and Woodthorpe Terraces sub-regions of Hawke’s Bay.


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 Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernet. 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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