TE MATA Awatea Cabernet/Merlot 2019

TE MATA Awatea Cabernet/Merlot 2019

TE MATA Awatea Cabernet/Merlot 2019

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First made in 1982, Awatea continues to represent the best of the classic Hawke's Bay cabernet/merlot blend. Floral aromas with intense blackberry, currant and dark plum flavours lead to a rich, supple palate with a sustained finish. Awatea will continue to evolve in bottle for ten years from harvest.

ORIGIN
Awatea takes its name from the historic ship SS Awatea (a Maori word meaning ÒEye of

the DawnÓ) that sailed the Auckland Ð Sydney Ð Wellington route in the late 1930s. The

Awatea was requisitioned as troop transport in WWII and was sunk off Algeria in 1942.

VINEYARDS
The grapes for Awatea Õ21 were hand harvested from Te Mata EstateÕs vineyards betweenÊ
9 and 29 March 2021.
WINEMAKING
The separate parcels of grapes were destemmed 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 17 months. Throughout this time, they were

regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in December 2021, thenÊ
returned to barrel for their second winter. The finished wine was then egg white fined andÊbottled in November 2022. The final blend is 50% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot andÊ14% cabernet franc.
TASTING NOTE
A deep brilliant crimson with an underlying amethyst hue, Awatea Õ21 immediately

offers up concentrated blackcurrant, blackberry, dark plum, cocoa-powder and cedar

with a subtle marine note in the background. The ripe dark and red fruit is fresh and

varietally defined, enlivening the wine with layers of brightness, persistence and appeal.

This depth of fruit, balanced by the bright, ripe, acid tension, carries right through to itsÊ
fine dry finish. The most concentrated Awatea ever this Õ21 is a delight.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

AT BOTTLING

pH 3.53

Total acidity as tartaric 5.7gpl

Alcohol 13.5%

Residual Sugar Dry



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