Te Awa / Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon / Hawkes Bay / 2015

Te Awa / Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon / Hawkes Bay / 2015 Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon

This is an elegant expression of a Hawkes Bay red blend. The nose is intense with aromas of Black Doris plum, cassis and cedar while the palate is soft and fruit driven, with flavours of sweet, dark berries and subtle spice complemented by integrated oak. The tannins are fine-grained and supple leading to a long and lingering finish.

Drinking well upon release this wine could be cellared with confidence for five to ten years.
$29.99 ea Buy 6: $25.49 ea

The Winemaking

2015 was another great vintage for Hawkes Bay, with the grapes being picked at optimum levels of ripeness. The grapes were hand-picked and destemmed then tipped directly into open top fermenters, here they were given a brief cold soak and allowed to warm up and ferment spontaneously with native vineyard yeasts. The young wine was then drawn off the skins and aged for a total of 20 months in French oak barrels (40% new) before being blended and prepared for bottling.

The Vineyard

The Te Awa Single Estate Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a selection of our oldest, most premium vineyard blocks on the estate vineyard. The vineyard is located on free draining Gimblett Gravel soils especially suited to the growing of high-quality Bordeaux varietals. Intensive management during the season has resulted in low yielding vines producing high-quality parcels of fruit.

Awards & Accolades

5 Stars - Wine NZ Magazine (Winter 2017) One of the Top 12 red wines for the 2015 Gimblett Gravels Annual Vintage Selection - Andrew Caillard MW