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TE MATA AWATEA CABERNET SAUVIGNON / MERLOT / FRANC 2020

97 Points
5 Stars Sam Kim
5 Stars Bob Campbell MW
5 Stars Michael Cooper
Value Pick
5 Stars

“Without question, the best Awatea ever made.”

97/100 Wine Orbit

  • Closure: Cork
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • Grape: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc

$37.99 elsewhere $46.99

“Without question, the best Awatea ever made.”

97/100 Wine Orbit

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Far from being in the shadow of Coleraine, Te Mata Awatea is a superb wine in its own right. ​A New Zealand classic that has the win win of being wonderfully perfumed and delicious in its youth but also carries ability to age gracefully for over a decade, not to mention the more modest price tag making it excellent value.


Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"Awatea Cabernets/Merlot ’20 is a dark royal ruby; a bright purple glow at its edge. Immediate classical aromas of walnut and polished cedar shimmer amongst wild blackberry, currants, marzipan, and dusty sun-baked gravel. On the palate, sparkling red and black summer-fruits entwine with brilliant red roses, high notes of vanilla, and silky dark-chocolate tannin. Savoury, bright, sustained and sumptuous, Awatea Cabernets/Merlot ’20 simply shines."


5 Stars & 97/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2022 (2020 Vintage)
"Without question, the best Awatea ever made. It’s immediately inviting on the nose showing blackcurrant, sweet plum, subtle tobacco, floral and cedar aromas, followed by a wonderfully weighted palate displaying terrific fruit power and density. It’s sturdy and robust with silky texture and loads of cocoa tannins. A blend of 54% cabernet sauvignon, 34% merlot %12% cabernet franc. Exceptional value. At its best: 2024 to 2036."


5 Stars & 95/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, February 2022 (2020 Vintage)
"A blend of cabernet sauvignon 54%, merlot 34% and cabernet franc 12%. Elegant wine with blackcurrants, rose petals, fresh herbs, cedar wood and spicy oak (among others). Inevitably, Awatea will be compared to its big brother Coleraine. It stands up well particularly when price is factored in."


5 Stars Michael Cooper (2020 Vintage)
"Positioned below its Coleraine stablemate in Te Mata’s hierarchy of Hawke’s Bay, claret-style reds, since 1995 Awatea has been grown at Havelock North and in the Bullnose Vineyard, inland from Hastings. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc – with a splash of Petit Verdot in most years since 2001 – it is hand-harvested and matured for 15 to 18 months in French oak barriques (partly new). Compared to Coleraine, in its youth Awatea is more seductive, more perfumed, and tastes more of sweet, ripe fruit, but it is more forward and slightly less concentrated. The wine can mature gracefully for many years, but is also typically delicious in its youth. Offering top value, this deeply coloured, highly fragrant red is mouthfilling, with concentrated ripe flavours of blackcurrants, plums, herbs and spices, finely integrated oak, and a tightly structured, persistent finish. Best 2025-plus."


Reviews for the 2019 vintage below…


Rated Outstanding & 96/100 Cameron Douglas MS, February 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Very youthful and concentrated with dark berries and clove vanilla oak, smoky and forward, varietal and urgent. Great wine – young and needs time, but has power and muscle I have not really noticed before. Spicy plums and dark berries, black berry and black currant. Firm tannins and acidity, youthful, focused, high energy and very exciting. Best drinking from 2022 through 2028+."


95/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, December 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"It’s the best Awatea I can recall tasting… Blackcurrant, raspberry leaf, spice and perfume, dark chocolate and black tea. Medium-bodied, dense, firm and concentrated, a subtle herbal fragrance through red and black fruits, with an umami edge of black olive tapenade, a distinct ‘mineral’ ironstone feel to it, crisp raspberry acidity and flavour, a tight mesh of fine chalky tannin to close out a long bright finish. Wonderful."

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that it may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on (03) 3655134.

Note, for orders of 1 - 2 bottles we charge an additional $3 for packaging. To ensure the safety of the bottles we use specially designed posting boxes.

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  • Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate has maintained over 125 years of continuous wine production
  • An independent, family-owned winery 15kms south of Napier in Hawke's Bay, all Te Mata Estate wines are produced exclusively on their own vineyards.
  • Three original vineyards planted by Bernard Chambers in 1892 are still being used.
  • "New Zealand's greatest red wine." (Coleraine) - Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
  • "Coleraine and Awatea are bona fide classics." - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, USA
  • In 2012, Te Mata Estate launched Estate Vineyards – a collection of six varietally-designated wines: Gamay Noir, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Merlot/Cabernets, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
  • Te Mata is part of the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) programme, which aims to minimise environmental impacts.
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