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2010 Te Mata Awatea Cabernet/Merlot (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Te Mata Estate temata.co.nz   details
Appellation: Hawke's Bay - New Zealand
Type: red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot
Maturity: Hold
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: n/a
Alcohol %: 13.5
 
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rated (2000 vintage, 750ml bottle) : March 26, 2002 , www.wineoftheweek.com
"(52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot) The colour is as dense as heck. At first the fragrant aromas are enhanced by oak but give the wine a good swirl and the aroma becomes more leathery. In the mouth there is first a baked plum flavour then quite hard tannins together with the leathery character of merlot dominating. There's a cigar-like smokiness and some meatiness but as the wine opens up in the glass the flavours become more fragrant with a raspberry and plum fruit spectrum on the smoky finish. It's a meal of a wine with the density of the texture. Aimed to be made in the mould of Coleraine but in a more accessible style, today I find it not as accessible as the wine it tries to imitate - it simply needs more time. 13.0% alcohol"
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