Te Mata ‘Awatea’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernets/Merlot 2010

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 08-Mar-2012
42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot, the wine fermented to 13.5% alc., and the wine aged 18 months in new and seasoned French oak barrels. Dark ruby-red colour with purple hues, lighter on edge. This has a tightly bound and elegantly sized nose with fresh, lifted, dark red berry fruits with red floral perfumes increasing in intensity with air time. Medium-bodied and an elegant wine in proportion, lively, bright and lusciously juicy raspberry and ripe redcurrant, plum and blackberry flavours unfold. The palate is one of finesse and fine-grained textures, a fine line guiding the fruit, with acidity adding real freshness and energy. The finish is moderately long, with notes of oak cedar showing. Match with roasted lamb or beef over the next 7-9+ years. 18.5-/20 Mar 2012 RRP $38.50

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