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Te Mata Awatea Cabernet Merlot description
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The grapes for Awatea 09 were hand harvested from Te Mata Estate's vineyards between 19 March and 14 April 2009. The separate parcels of grapes were destemmed before a traditional warm, plunged fermentation and extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were then run to new and seasoned French oak barrels for 18 months ageing. Throughout this time they were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2010, then returned to barrel for their second winter. The finished wine was then egg white fined and bottled in November 2010. Awatea 09 has a dark crimson colour with lifted floral, ripe blackberry cedar and spice aromas. The palate is laden with rich dark cherry, chocolate and Provence herb flavours, with a fine, persistant tannin finish. Te Mata Estate believes this to be the finest Awatea it has produced to date. Awatea 09 is a blend of 45% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot, 15% cabernet franc. It will continue to evolve in bottle, providing great enjoyment up to 10 years from harvest. It is a natural partner for savoury red meat dishes and hard cheeses.