Te Mata Estate Awatea 2019
- Cabernets, Merlot
- New Zealand, 750ml
"Instantly satisfying and inviting on the nose, showing blackcurrant, dried herb, floral and spicy oak characters, leading to a delectably expressed palate that’s filled with dark and red fruit flavours with a discreet oak infusion. Offering excellent structure and immense drinkability at the same time, it’s hugely charming and enticing." Sam Kim
- Winery: Te Mata Estate
- Varietal: 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc
- Region: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2019
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Cork
- Other: Sustainable Winegrowing, contains sulphites
- Food match: Lamb roast, beef, game meat, pork & pepperoni; tuna & salmon; pizza; BBQ & heavy red sauces; bleu-veined cheeses
First made in 1982, Awatea continues to represent the best of the classic Hawke's Bay cabernet/merlot blend.
"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+." Cam Douglas
Established in the early 1890s, Te Mata is New Zealand's oldest winery and, like Villa Maria and Babich, proudly family-owned. In the last thirty-odd years, Te Mata Estate have established themselves as a leading force in New Zealand wine, with John Buck's Te Mata Coleraine acknowledged globally as one of New Zealand's finest red wines, their Bullnose Syrah considered one of New Zealand's finest examples, and their Elston Chardonnay garnering huge acclaim.
While a family-operated winery, it is the team at Te Mata Estate that ensure this winery remains at the top of the game: you have Chairman John Buck's vast experience and guiding hand, Peter Cowley's exceptional winemaking skills, and Nicholas Buck’s drive and dedication to the expansion of a proud legacy. Three generations of the Buck family work here, and Te Mata Estate regularly work in the Bordeau and Burgundy to gain experience.
The remarkable consistency that Te Mata Estate has achieved for over thirty-five years is attributable to their control over every aspect of winemaking and, importantly, the longevity of their team. CEO Nicholas Buck explains: "All grapes are harvested exclusively from estate vineyards; we don't source fruit from any other region and our wines are made, matured and bottled on-premise. We have retained an excellent team that have worked together managing the vineyards and the winemaking, vintage after vintage."
- 96/100 Points - Cameron Douglas MS (2019 vintage)
- 96/100 Points & 5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (2019 vintage)
- 95/100 Points & 5 Stars - Bob Campbell, Gourmet Traveller Wine (2019 vintage)
- 5 Stars - Michael Cooper, Listener Magazine (2019 vintage)
- 5 Stars & 95 Points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (2018 vintage)
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