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Te Mata Estate Merlot Cabernet - Hawkes Bay

Te Mata Estate Merlot Cabernet 2021 - Hawkes Bay

Vintage: 2021 | Type: Reds | Producer: Te Mata Estate
Region: New Zealand North Island
Blend: 49% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc
Alc: 13.5%
Closure: Screw cap
Bottle size: 750ml

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Dark crimson with a bright purple hue, Estate Merlot/Cabernet ’21 has a complex and evocative scent of plum and blackberry, with the lightest fragrance of cedar. Seamlessly integrated, the aromas deepen on the wine’s palate into succulent, concentrated dark fruit with ripe, soft tannins. Structural, savoury and long, with a salivating acid/tannin balance, Estate Merlot/Cabernet ’21 runs a long, perfect line between approachability and elegance.

The individual parcels of each variety from each plot 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 12 months’ maturation before blending. The wines were regularly topped and racked throughout maturation, blended and traditionally egg-white fined before bottling. The final blend is 49% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc.

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Our notes

It has everything that is good in Bordeaux, showing classic cassis and dark plum fruit infused with pencil shavings, a lift of violet. graphite, a bit of cigar box, and lovely cedary oak. Texture, tannin, superb. Just on medium weight, this really is off-the-charts delicious, and it makes you wonder how Te Mata can release a wine of this quality at the price? Don’t hesitate.This is awesome drinking now or in 5 years. CR

This is elegant and refined and puts wines twice its price to shame - Feather-light, with pristine fruit and pin-point oak treatment. This is so bright, energetic and just delicious to drink. It could easily be cellared for 5+ years. A strong contender for the bargain buy of the year. SB

Reviews


94 POINTS
The Wine Front

I just got off a Zoom tasting with the affable, intelligent and perceptive winemaker from Te Mata Estate, Phil Brodie, and we discussed what might be coming from them in vintage 2021, with respect to Awatea and Coleraine. Pretty exciting, I’d say. From my point of view, I see this entry level wine as a hybrid of the structure and thrumming power of 2019, and the rich and fleshy flavour of 2020. The shape of things to come.

Pencils, black fruit, black olive, violet, spice. Medium-bodied, ripe tannin, rich, zesty, green and black olive, blue and red fruit. aniseed, crushed berries, such a good wine, so lively and packed with dark berry fruit and saline flavour. Firm grip of tannin on a very long finish. All the things. Impeccable. Hard to imagine a better value, and more serious Bordeaux blend at this price point. Incredible.

Gary Walsh


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"This is instantly seductive on the nose showing blackcurrant, floral, subtle tobacco and toasted almond characters. The palate has excellent weight and fruit intensity, superbly complemented by spice nuances and finely flowing mouthfeel. Beautifully integrated chalky tannins provide classic structure and length, offering gorgeous drinking."

Sam Kim


Producers notes

Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognized wines exclusively from its Hawke’s Bay vineyards.

We produce eleven wines from classical vineyard areas in Hawke’s Bay. With their complexity, structure and balance these wines reward careful cellaring through continued evolution in bottle.

Te Mata wines are produced exclusively from our Hawke’s Bay vineyards. Well-chosen sites and a generous climate underpin Hawke’s Bay’s quality reputation as a wine-growing region.

Wines have been made here for over a century. Te Mata Estate has been at the forefront of the modern rejuvenation of the New Zealand wine scene for the last forty years. We are large enough to be well-resourced but small enough to concentrate on detail.

Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate is one of the few New Zealand wineries with roots in the nineteenth century. We remain family-owned, proud of our inheritance and committed to the future.

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