Te Awa Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon, Hawke's Bay

Te Awa Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon, Hawke's Bay

A blend of about 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Cabernet Franc from a selection of Te Awa’s premium vineyard blocks; the vines are some of the oldest on the property. The Cabernet Sauvignon particularly appreciates the free draining nature of the gravelly soils as it prefers to keep its feet (roots) dry. The hand-harvested fruit was destemmed and tipped directly into open-top fermenters where it undergoes a five day cold soak; fermentation is allowed to occur naturally. The wine is aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. The nose is intense featuring plum and blackcurrant with a hint of rosemary and a savoury note; the palate is fruit-driven, showing berry fruits and Christmas-cake spice.

  • Type: Red
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Region: New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2013/2014
  • Producer: Te Awa
  • Primary grape: Merlot
  • Secondary grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Bottle size: 75cl
  • List price: £16.95
  • Code: 29085
  • Expression: Barrel