Te Mata ‘Awatea’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernets/Merlot 2011

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 12-Mar-2013
A blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot from estate vineyards, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in new and seasoned French oak barrels. Very dark, deep, ruby-red colour with lighter purple hues on edge. The bouquet is marked by fragrant and lifted aromas of blackcurrants, fresh herbs and dark red florals and currants, along with youthful esters. This speaks of Cabernet Franc on the nose. Tight and elegant, a fresh herbal note indicates some cooler spectrum expression. Medium-bodied, this is stylishly tight and elegant in size, with earthy plum and tobacco-like Merlot prominent. The fruit is enlivened by driving acidity, and framed by dusty, fine-grained tannins. There is good concentration and linearity to the mouthfeel, with moderate richness and fleshiness, but good raciness on the finish. A fragrant, elegant and fresh wine, this should develop over the next 5-7 years, to show more cedary complexities. 17.5+/20 Mar 2013 RRP $33.20

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