Te Mata ‘Awatea’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernets/Merlot 2012

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 07-Mar-2014
51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 16 months in new and seasoned French oak barrels. Dark, deep, black-hearted red with youthful purple hues on rim. This has an elegant and fragrant nose of redcurrants and nuances of blackberry fruit along with lifted blackcurrant confectionary elements, dark plums and dark red perfumes. Medium bodied and elegant in proportion, this appears initially light, but builds in depth and concentration to show a good core of red and black curranty fruits. The mouthfeel is supple and accessible, but clearly will need some time to come into harmony. Fine-grained, sinewy tannins provide a dry, textural line that carries the flavours to a bright, dry, fresh finish. This is elegant and pretty here. I suspect the wine is still a little unsettled and shy, but has the depth to improve over the next 6-7+ years. On this showing, my score is: 17.5+/20 Mar 2014 RRP $33.20

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