Te Mata Awatea Cabernet Merlot 2015


"This is beautifully ripe and balanced for keeping 8-10 years." Raymond Chan

"Chewy satisfaction and a little flamboyance in every mouthful. Love this"  Gary Walsh


The palate possesses deeply concentrated, ripe flavours of blackberries, blackcurrants and dark-red plums. Complexing herb, tobacco and aromatic oak detail add complexing interest. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained, but considerable tannin extraction providing body, depth and a core of presence. The acidity is softly ripe and fine, and balanced with the textures. This has a completeness and the balance lends approachability. The wine has a very long, lingering sweet finish, unveiling cassis elements. This is beautifully ripe and balanced for keeping 8-10 years. Price: $41.95; Rating: 19.0+/20.0; Raymond Chan.  

If your budget doesn’t stretch to Coleraine, you can try the lunch menu with Awatea. Violet, bay leaf, black fruit, almost liquorice, mocha, baking spices and cedar. Medium bodied, black fruit laced with liquorice and tobacco, a fleshy mass of tannin and dark chocolate, cool clean acidity, and very long finish, all black tea and perfume in the aftertaste. Chewy satisfaction and a little flamboyance in every mouthful. Love this. Alcohol : 14%; Closure : Cork; Drink : 2018 - 2028+; Rated : 94 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

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