Estate Merlot/Cabernets ’14 is an intense deep crimson with fragrant boysenberry, blackberries and dark fruit. Notes of vanilla and cedar, rich plum and cherry unfold in refined, complex layers. A core of ripe sweet fruit runs through this classic blend. Mouth-watering and sophisticated, the soft fine espresso tannins give his stunning wine considerable ageing potential.
Technical Analysis at bottling
Total acidity as tartaric 5.7gpl
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 8 months’ maturation before blending. The wines were regularly topped and racked, throughout maturation, blended and traditionally egg-white fined before bottling. The final blend is 50% merlot, 27% cabernet sauvignon and 23% cabernet franc.
The grapes for Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’14 were harvested between 10 March and 3 April 2014 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.
'Very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour. This has a fresh, up-front and bold nose of vibrant and aromatic redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit. Medium-bodied, elegantly concentrated flavours of redcurrants and dark red berry fruit intermingle with blackcurrant, herbs and leafy elements. The fruit is lifted and aromatic, and sweetly juicy. Fine-grained, supple tannins carry the wine to a sustained, textural finish.' ★★★★Raymond Chan, Raymond Chan Wine Review - Te Mata Estate Showcase Summary, 2015 All Reviews