Te Awa Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 10-Sep-2011
A blend off 44% Cabernet Sauvignon from ‘Zone 10', 41% Merlot from ‘Zone 6' , 14% Cabernet Franc from ‘Zone11' and 2% Malbec, the fruit given a cold soak and native yeast fermented to 13.5% alc, the wine aged 20 months in French oak. Very full, impenetrable black-red in colour, this has an elegant, concentrated and fragrant nose of blackberry, blackcurrant and dark red floral aromas along with some oak lift. Finely constructed with concentrated, firmly packed flavours of ripe blackcurrants and cassis, the fine, firm tannins form a solid core driving the palate. The wine has excellent freshness, vibrancy and tension from the acidity, lifting the fruit. Sweet dark plum notes carry through to a long finish. Match with roasted lamb over the next 6-8+ years.  Sep 2011 RRP $35.95 Dark and dense purple-red in colour and surprisingly elegant, this is marked by coolish, blackcurranty Cabernet Sauvignon aromas and flavours, the sweet plump Merlot only revealig itself with some air time. A youthfully primary and fragrant wine, this develops more depth and comes together to match the fine-grained tannin backbone. Just slightly more Cabernet(s) than Merlot, this will live 6-8+ years easily. Jun 2011

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