Te Mata Estate Vineyards Merlot Cabernets 2014

50% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% Cabernet Franc from estate vineyards in the Bridge Pa Triangle, Havelock Hills and Woodthorpe Terraces in Hawke’s Bay.

Individual parcels of each variety were de-stemmed before a traditional warm fermentation, followed by extended maceration on skins. Pressed, returned to tank for malolactic fermentation, then run off to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 12 months' maturation.

Winemaker's Comments

Intense deep crimson with fragrant boysenberry, blackberries and dark fruit. Notes of vanilla and cedar, rich plum and cherry unfold in refined, complex layers. A core of ripe sweet fruit runs through this classic blend. Mouth-watering and sophisticated, the soft fine espresso tannins suggest considerable ageing potential.

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