Te Mata Estates Cab/Merlot Awatea 2013 750ml
SKU 779059

Te Mata Estates Cab/Merlot Awatea Red Blend 2013

Hawkes Bay - New Zealand

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Rated 90 by Robert Parker
A blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, the 2013 Cabernet Merlot Awatea displays a deep garnet-purple color and plummy nose with plenty of baking spice and gingerbread notes plus suggestions of pencil shavings, pepper and chocolate box. Medium-bodied, youthful, tightly-knit and with plenty of fresh, pure black fruit, it has a solid backbone of chewy tannins and long finish.

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Region: Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay in northern New Zealand has long been recognized as one of the country's most important wine regions, and is generally understood to be the birthplace of the New Zealand wine industry in the mid nineteenth century. Since the first vines were planted in this beautiful part of the country, the wine industry of New Zealand has gone from strength to strength, and is now a major world player on the international wine scene. Many of the country's flagship wines hail from Hawkes Bay, where historic wineries have been producing superb wines made from the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes which flourish there for over a hundred and fifty years, and which ripen under the hot sunshine and in the mineral rich soils which typify the region.

Country: New Zealand

As with nearby Australia, New Zealand has over the past century proven itself to be a superb location for producing high quality wines in vast amounts, with much of the cooler regions of both islands being used primarily for vine cultivation. New Zealand wineries are notable for their enthusiasm in regards to experimentation, and for utilizing modern technologies and methods to make the most of the imported grape varietals which flourish in the rich, fertile soils and oceanic climate. In recent years, it has been the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wines which have gained the most attention, as a result of their smoky character and ability to carry the mineral rich nature of the terroir they grow in. Changing consumer interests have brought about a considerable rise in the production of organic and sustainable wines in New Zealand, of which again, the Sauvignon Blanc varietals are leading the way in regards to excellence, flavor and overall character.