5 Stars Bob Campbell MW
96 Points
5 Stars Michael Cooper
5 Stars Raymond Chan
5 Stars Sam Kim
  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • Grape: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc

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Regions : Hawkes Bay

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73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot & 3% Cabernet Franc

Winery notes (2013 Vintage)
"A refined and elegant blend of of Cabernet Sauvignon (73%), Merlot (24%) and Cabernet Franc (3%). The nose displays classic Cabernet Sauvignon characters of cassis, tobacco and cedar with underlying black plum and perfume from the Merlot and Cabernet Franc respectively. The palate is soft with red and dark fruit flavours and supple tannins.

This Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is a wine that draws on Te Awa’s renowned history of growing and producing fine Bordeaux style blends. Our Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with wine grown from the oldest Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines on the Estate; an average vine age of 25 years. With the Estate straddling the edge of the Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle sub-regions, there are a diverse range of soil types on the Te Awa vineyard. The sections of the vineyard used for this wine are all on the Gimblett Gravels side of the Estate where the soil is made up of free draining river gravels interspersed with a little sand and silt."

5 Stars & 96/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, June 2017 (2013 Vintage)
"A compelling Bordeaux-style from the Gimblett Gravels district, the gloriously expressed bouquet shows blackcurrant, dark plum, bay leaf and floral characters with subtle cedar complexity. The palate is refined and precise, while offering layers of fine texture and delectable fruit flavours, beautifully complemented by elegant oak infusion and fine tannins. Sophisticated and properly structured for graceful development. At its best: 2019 to 2028."

5 Stars Michael Cooper (2013 Vintage)
"From Te Awa, the estate-grown 2013 vintage was hand-harvested from vines averaging 25 years old and matured for 21 months in French oak barriques (35 per cent new). A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (73 per cent), Merlot (24 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (3 per cent), it is full-coloured and ripely scented, with mouthfilling body and very generous blackcurrant, plum, spice and nut flavours. Delicious now, but also age-worthy, it's a very finely textured red, savoury, complex and smooth, with strong personality."

5 Stars & 95/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, November 2017 (2013 Vintage)
"Dense, elegant and finely-structured red with cedar, dark berry, blackberry, spice, anise and nutty oak flavours. Cabernet varietal characters dominate in this high energy wine while firm, fine tannins give a drying finish and much promise for the future."

5 Stars & 19.0/20 Raymond Chan, June 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Very full, dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. The bouquet is elegantly presented with bright, ripe and vibrant aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants and beautifully fragrant redcurrants, entwined with dark-red florals, cassis liqueur and an amalgam of cedary and pencilly oak, unveiling savoury iron-earth suggestions. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with good concentration and depth of ripe, sweetly vibrant flavours of blackberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, entwined with cassis liqueur dark, savoury herbs, iron-earth and cedary oak. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction that allows the fruit sweetness to feature, and the wine carries with good energy and drive to a long and sustained finish. This is a vibrantly rich and sweet-fruited Cabernet and Merlot blend with flavours of blackberries, black and red currants, and subtle savoury herb and earth nuances, lifted by pencilly oak on a refined, structured palate. Match with roast lamb, beef and venison over the next 8-10+ years. A blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc from the Te Awa vineyard, vines averaging 25 y.o., the fruit hand-picked, destemmed but not crushed, with some indigenous ferments to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 12-15 days on skins and aged 21 months in 35% new French oak barriques."

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