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 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