Te Mata Estate Merlot/Cabernet, Hawke’s Bay 2017
Te Mata Estate is one of the oldest and most reputable wineries in New Zealand. Located in Hawke’s Bay, the family-owned winery is known for producing internationally recognized wines sourced exclusively from their vineyards. Te Mata Estate launched Estate Vineyards in 2012. Estate Vineyards is a collection of five varietally-designated wines that represent the best quality of their grape varieties, vintages and Hawke’s Bay origin.
Deep magenta, Estate Vineyards Cabernets/Merlot ’17 overflows with fresh red berries, dark cherries, blueberry and ripe Hawke’s Bay plums. Savoury bay leaf, and fine toast and spice notes from the oak, give our 2017 release great presence, varietal personality and complexity on the palate. Appealing, approachable – and just a touch aristocratic. Cabernets/Merlot ’17 continues to over-deliver in flavour, intricacy and finesse.
The individual parcels of each variety, from each plot, were de-stemmed before a traditional warm fermentation, followed by extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were pressed, returned to tank for malolactic fermentation, then run off to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 11 months’ maturation before blending. The wines were regularly topped and racked, throughout maturation, blended and traditionally egg-white fined before bottling. The final blend is 47% cabernet sauvignon, 41% merlot 12% cabernet franc. This wine will continue to evolve in the bottle for 3–6 years from harvest.
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“Beautifully fruited and wonderfully composed, the wine shows dark plum, blackcurrant, floral, vanilla and toasted nut characters on the nose, leading to a succulent palate that is supple and rounded. It is pristine and elegant, while offering stylish complexity and delectable intensity, well supported by fine, polished tannins.” Sam Kim