Te Mata ‘Awatea’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernets/Merlot 2013

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 04-Mar-2016
Very dark, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is tight and densely packed with aromas of ripe blackcurrants, along with iron and mineral notes, unfolding redcurrant and red berry fruits in the glass. The componentry is beginning to integrate and the nose has harmony with its concentration. Medium-full bodied, sweet, luscious and rich flavours of blackcurrants and cassis liqueur show with depth, power and intensity at the core. The fruit is full of vitality, being underlined by fine acidity. The fruit richness is elegance from fine-grained, but substantial tannins providing cut and firmness. This has freshness, vibrancy and power. Beautiful herbal nuances add to the freshness, aromatic lift and length. This oozes ‘puissance’ and will keep a decade plus. 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 15 months in approx. 35% new French oak. 19.0+/20 Mar 2016. RRP $N/A 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 15 months in approx. 35% new French oak. Full, even black-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a tightly concentrated, penetrating nose of ripe blackberry, blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit aromas unfolding cassis, dark herb, liquorice and minerally detail. The aromatics are presented with precision, focus and depth. Medium-full bodied, the palate is very firmly concentrated with a deep core of ripe black and red berry fruits. Complexing herb, leaf, tobacco and black plum flavours add to an array that blossoms with richness and vibrancy. The tannins are very refined and powdery, providing plenty of structure and support, building and growing in prominence, and carried by refreshing lacy acidity to a long and sustained finish. This is a sophisticated Bordeaux-varietal red with intensity and refined structure. 10+ years ahead. 19.0/20 Mar 2015 RRP $35.00

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