TE AWA SINGLE ESTATE MERLOT / CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

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TE AWA SINGLE ESTATE MERLOT / CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015 is available to buy in increments of 1
Trophy for Champion Wine of the Show - Hawkes Bay Wine Awards 2017
Trophy for Champion Merlot Dominant Red Blend - Hawkes Bay Wine Awards 2017
Gold Medal - Hawkes Bay Wine Awards 2017
Gold Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show 2017
Selected for Gimblett Gravels 2015 Annual Selection Dozen

70% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon & 12% Malbec
Winery notes (2013 Vintage)
"The Te Awa Single Estate Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a selection of our oldest, most premium vineyard blocks off our estate vineyard. These vines are amongst the oldest on the property. 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.

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.

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."
5 Stars & 18.5/20 Raymond Chan, September 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Even, full, dark, deep ruby-red colour with black-purple hues. This has a soft, elegantly balanced nose with well-ripened blackcurrant and black plum aromas entwined with cassis liqueur and subtly fragrant herbal notes. This has attractive purity, and the Cabernet Sauvignon aromatics grow with aeration. Medium-full bodied, fresh, bright and vibrant flavours of blackcurrant, plums and cassis, forming a concentrated core with the fruit sweetness providing drive. The mouthfeel has fresh, bright acidity fine-grained tannins lending an elegant structure that leads to a fine-proportioned, lingering finish. This is a fresh and vibrant Merlot/Cabernet blend with sweet blackcurrant and cassis flavours predominating. The wine shows drive, vibrancy and an elegant, balanced structure. This will drink well over the 8+ years. A blend of 70% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Malbec fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 20 months in 40% new French oak barriques."
4 1/2 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 Vintage)
"The 2015 vintage is a dark, fruit-packed blend of Merlot (70 per cent), Cabernet Sauvignon (18 per cent) and Malbec (12 per cent), hand-picked and matured for 20 months in French oak casks (40 per cent new). It has a fragrant, berryish bouquet, leading into a mouthfilling, supple wine with concentrated, plummy flavours, hints of spices, herbs and chocolate, finely integrated oak and a rich, very harmonious finish. Best drinking 2019+."


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