TE AWANGA ESTATE MERLOT / CABERNET FRANC 2013

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TE AWANGA ESTATE MERLOT / CABERNET FRANC 2013 is available to buy in increments of 1
91% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc​
Winery notes (2013 Vintage)
"Fruit was and crushed to open and closed fermenters where the must was fermented hot to maximize extraction of tannin, colour and flavour. Rich and crimson in colour the nose of this wine displays an aroma of currant, cassis and tobacco characters, while the palate is full, rich and soft with excellent balance and structure. Drink me now or hold off a bit for some kapow!"
5 Stars & 18.5/20 Raymond Chan, June 2015 (2013 Vintage)
"Full, dark, black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a full and voluminous nose with deeply packed aromas of ripe black plum fruit entwined with layers of spices, liquorice, cassis and iron-earth mineral notes, and lifted oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate exudes vinosity and presence, the fruit initially restrained but blossoming with flavours of sweetly ripe black plums, blackberries, liquorice, minerals and iron-earth elements. The fruit is balanced by fulsome, but supple tannin extraction, and enlivened by excellent acid vitality. The palate is well-structured and vibrant, near robust, flowing with plenty of energy, carrying through to a full, black-fruited and earthy finish showing good grip, texture and length. This is a fulsome and robust Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend with ripe black fruits and good vitality. Match with slow cooked game meat, and hard cheeses over the next 8-10 years. A blend of 91% Merlot from 17 y.o. vines and 9% Cabernet Franc from 12 y.o. vines from the ‘Te Awanga Estate’ vineyard fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 4 weeks on skins and aged 18 months in 20% new French oak."
93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, June 2015 (2013 Vintage)
"This impressive blend is beautifully fragrant on the nose showing complex aromas of dark plum, floral, game and cedar with a hint of cigar. The palate is ripe, concentrated and expressive, and offers loads of appealing flavours and rich texture. A firmly structured wine showing excellent balance and harmony. At its best: now to 2020."
4 1/2 Stars Michael Cooper (2013 Vintage)
"The 2013 vintage was harvested from 17 year-old Merlot and 12 year-old Cabernet Franc vines, and matured for 18 months in French oak casks (20 per cent new.) Full-coloured, it is mouthfilling and sweet-fruited, with vibrant, plummy, spicy flavours, nutty, savoury elements adding complexity, and finely balanced tannins. An elegant, youthful, supple wine, it's well worth cellaring."


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