Te Mata ‘Awatea’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernets/Merlot 2016

Blended Red from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 06-Mar-2018
Deepish ruby-red colour with a dark heart, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegant and a little slender in presentation with piquant and fragrant aromatics showing dark-red berry and redcurrant fruit with entwined with subtle herbal notes, unfolding nuances of stalk and stem, with dark-red floral perfumes, and a suggestion of minerals. Herb and plum notes emerge in the glass. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and taut with fine concentration of blackberry, blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit, along with hints of leaf and red florals. The fruit is up-front with some sweetness and underlined by fine-grained tannin extraction and fresh, edgy acidity. This has good linearity, and carries to a fragrant red-fruited finish. This will keep 6-8 years. Hand-picked fruit, a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 35% new French oak barrels. 18.0/20 Mar 2018 RRP $36.00

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