Te Awanga Estate 2011 Releases
Te Awanga Estate was established with the planting of vineyards in 1994, and the company, originally a grape supplier, merged in 1997 with winemaker Kim Crawford in the forming of Kim Crawford Wines. In 2003, Kim Crawford Wines was sold to Vincor, the large Canadian wine distributor, with the grape supply operation continuing. However, the purchase of Vincor by the global Constellation group, saw the finish of Te Awanga Estate's relationship.
The Te Awanga Estate brand was resurrected in 2010 with the involvement of experienced Hawke's Bay winemaker Rod McDonald. The operation is based on 17 ha of established vines on its elevated site at Te Awanga with shallow volcanic loess soils, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A cellar door is operated on-site. The company has as its neighbours Clearview and Elephant Hill, and all three showcase the cooler growing district with their wines. Here, I review the latest 2011 Te Awanga Estate releases, which have an up-front, accessible style and flavoursome style.. www.teawangaestate.net.nz The wines are distributed by Federal Geo www.federalgeo.co.nz