Estate Vineyards

Merlot/Cabernets '14

Estate Vineyards Merlot/ Cabernets '16

This traditional blend of Bordeaux varieties is a consistently rewarding, complex wine showing ripe blackcurrant, plum and chocolate flavours with a supple and sustained palate.

$19.90/ bottle

Tasting Note
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
pH 3.6
Total acidity as tartaric 5.7gpl
Alcohol 13.5%
Residual Sugar Dry

Winemaking
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.

Vineyards
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.

Origin
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.

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Merlot/Cabernets '14 ★★★★ - '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