Te Mata Estate Awatea 2020

Te Mata Estate Awatea 2020

  • Cabernets, Merlot
  • New Zealand, 750ml

"Without question, the best Awatea ever made. It’s immediately inviting on the nose showing blackcurrant, sweet plum, subtle tobacco, floral and cedar aromas, followed by a wonderfully weighted palate displaying terrific fruit power and density. It’s sturdy and robust with silky texture and loads of cocoa tannins." Sam Kim

  • Winery: Te Mata Estate
  • Varietal: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc
  • Region: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2020
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Cork
  • Other: Sustainable Winegrowing
  • Food match: Lamb roast, beef, game meat, pork & pepperoni; tuna & salmon; pizza; BBQ & heavy red sauces; bleu-veined cheeses

Winery notes - Awatea Cabernets/Merlot ’20 is a dark royal ruby; a bright purple glow at its edge. Immediate classical aromas of walnut and polished cedar shimmer amongst wild blackberry, currants, marzipan, and dusty sun-baked gravel. On the palate, sparkling red and black summer-fruits entwine with brilliant red roses, high notes of vanilla, and silky dark-chocolate tannin. Savoury, bright, sustained and sumptuous, Awatea Cabernets/Merlot ’20 simply shines.

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."

  • 97/100 Points & 5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (2020 vintage)
  • 95/100 Points & 5 Stars - Bob Campbell, Gourmet Traveller Wine (2020 vintage)
  • 5 Stars - Michael Cooper, Listener Magazine (2020 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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