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2014 Te Mata Estate Awatea Cabernet Merlot

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RRP $49.99 per bottle

Our Price $41.99

Case Price

$251.94 (6 x 750ml)

expert reviews

Sam Kim (2014 Vintage) says
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.
2018 - 2030
95
Raymond Chan (2014 Vintage) says
19/20. 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 finish 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.
95
Huon Hooke (2014 Vintage) says
Deep, intense, bright purple/red colour. The bouquet shows reserved but clean, fresh blackberry fruit and some toasty oak. The wine is medium to full-bodied and loaded with fine, smooth tannins, which dry the back-palate and finish. Intense and focused, long and emphatic wine. Very cellarworthy.
2019 - 2036
95
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Nicely ripened here, it opens up to really fragrant cassis and blue fruits, some bright fragrant notes and brambly leaves. The palate is medium-weight with fine, concentrated tannins that wrench purple fruit flavour into the tongue. Balanced already in its youth.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
93
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Always a strong performer, it nearly upstages the Te Mata red line-up in 2006 - nearly. Shows subdued aromas of gravelly earth, ripe blackcurrant fruits and sweeter florals too; merlot's blue fruits, a little leathery oak influence, peppery almost. The palate is dense and has terrific savoury depth: graphite, liquorice and sweet berry flavour, long fine tannins - regal and smooth. The blend is 38% merlot, 36% cabernet sauvignon, 15% cabernet franc, 11 % petit verdot.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is of medium intensity, with slightly tarry notes to the fruit. The palate is elegant and fine, but for Australian tastes, lacking sweet fruit on the mid-palate
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
86
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Strong purple-red; abundant, sweet blackcurrant and blackberry fruit aromas with hints of mint and cherry on the bouquet leads on to a round and supple palate, with more of the sweet, fleshy fruit of the bouquet, spicy, coascy oak adds interest and structure throughout. Retasted end 1997, and evolving slowly but surely, with vitrually no change in the notes.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
93

winemaker's notes

A wine that exhibits the best qualities of great Hawke’s Bay Cabernets/Merlot - intense aromatic berry fruit characters, a rich mid-palate and a supple tannin structure. Awatea is a full flavoured wine that can be enjoyed over 8-10 years.

Tasting Note: A deep, midnight red - Awatea ’14 is a precious jewel. Aromas of ripe blackcurrant, blackberry and red fruit unfurl from a voluptuous, brambly palate. Layers of cocoa-cherry spice and flicks of cedar and rosemary reflect the texture, concentration and charm of an incredible 2014 Hawke’s Bay vintage. Stylish, expressive, coastal Cabernet, Awatea ’14 is a wine to treasure.
The final blend is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot.

Vineyards: The grapes for Awatea ’14 were hand harvested from Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 10 March and 3 April 2014.

Winemaking: The separate parcels of grapes were de-stemmed before a traditional warm, plunged fermentation and extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were then run to new and seasoned French oak barrels for 16 months’ ageing. Throughout this time, they were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2015, then returned to barrel for their second winter. The finished wine was then egg white fined and bottled in November 2015.

Cellaring Potential: Closed with a natural cork that will allow Awatea ’14 to continue to evolve in bottle and provide great enjoyment up to 10 years from harvest.

Origin: Awatea takes its name from the historic ship SS Awatea (a Maori word meaning “Eye of the Dawn”) that sailed the Auckland – Sydney – Wellington route in the late 1930s. The Awatea was requisitioned as a troop transport in WWII and was sunk off Algeria in 1942.

Alc/vol: 13.5%