52% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards in the Bridge Pa Triangle, Havelock Hills and Woodthorpe Terraces sub-regions of Hawke’s Bay.
The individual parcels were de-stemmed before a traditional warm fermentation, followed by extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were pressed, returned to tank for malolactic fermentation, then run off to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 8 months’ maturation before blending. The wines were regularly topped and racked, throughout maturation, blended and traditionally egg-white fined before bottling.
A beguiling, aromatic intricacy with a core of sustained, poised, ripe fruit on the palate. Chocolatey Merlot, and sumptuous raspberry and blackberry notes from the Cabernet Franc give a supple weight. The tapenade and dried herb notes of Cabernet deepen the savoury appeal and varietal expression. Artfully crafted, graceful and svelte, Estate Merlot/Cabernets 2015 is a deceptively elegant wine.
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