Te Mata Awatea Cabernet Merlot 2014
Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognized wines exclusively from its Hawke's Bay vineyards. The Estate's ownership varied frequently until John and Wendy Buck acquired it in 1978. John and Wendy instigated a twenty-year development program, which commenced with the restoration of the original winery building and the replanting of all of the original vineyards, as well as the acquisition of new vineyard sites.
Te Mata winery has been ranked 'Top Winery in New Zealand' evidenced by the consistent quality of the Coleraine and Awatea Cabernet Merlot wines, the Bull Nose Syrah and the Elston Chardonnay.
Very dark, deep, black-purple colour, a little lighter on the rim, and youthful in appearance. The nose is fresh and refined with dark red florals entwined with black and red currants and fresh, dark herbs. The aromatics are beautifully pure and grow in depth and penetration in the glass. Medium full bodied, the palate is tightly concentrated with a sleek, intense heart of bold blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit. This has lifted dark red-floral aromatics along with piquant fresh herbs and a hint of leafiness, but the fruit sweetness and richness unfolds, enlivened by crisp, refined, lacy acidity. The tannin extraction lends a fine-grained structure that allows the fruit fragrance and succulent vibrancy to prevail. The wine flows with excellent linearity to a very long, aromatic fnish of dark red florals, herbs and cassis liqueur. This has elegance, freshness and balance, with an aromatic coolness that will see the wine develop 8-10 years easily. 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 25% new French oak. Rating: 19.0/20.0; Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
The bouquet is classic Bordeaux: fragrant, inviting and complex with cassis, plum, dried herb and floral notes with hints of grilled meat and cedar. The palate is concentrated and focused, and offers fine texture and flowing mouthfeel. The wine is perfectly framed by fine, delicately drying tannins, and finishes superbly long and engaging. A glorious Awatea, offering exceptional value, that will delight fans of this label over coming years. The 2014 vintage wine is a blend of 45% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot, 14% cabernet franc and 8% petit verdot. At its best: 2018 to 2030. Rating 95 Points; Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
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