2014 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay (Previously $30) SKU #1274022

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K&L Notes

Te Mata's Awatea is basically a baby Coleraine; it comes from identical vineyard sources and is made in much the same way. It is all from Te Mata's estate vineyards, aged in high-end French oak cooperage and built to last. In great vintages like 2014 I think this wine represents a serious bargain. It has enough fruit and richness to be enjoyed young (with decanting and a rib eye preferably) but also undoubtedly has the structure and poise to last at least a decade in the cellar. Think of this as you would a 2nd label to one of the great Chateaus of Bordeaux. The Awatea has a great nose of fresh tobacco, graphite, red and black currants, cigar box, and warm earth. Tannins are firm but well delineated and with good mid palate flesh to coat them making this accessible young but also endowing the wine with great ageing potential. Ryan Woodhouse (K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    An excellent Bordeaux style bland from New Zealand. It is full bodied with layers of flavors, offering dark fruit with mineral undertones wrapped in a balanced and structure package. It has a touch more fruit than most wines from Bordeaux and will go well with hearty foods.
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    Te Mata is the preeminent producer of Bordeaux blends in New Zealand. Their top bottling "Coleraine" is legendary. This second label “Awatea” is made in a slightly more approachable style at a more affordable price point. Otherwise you get the same classic blackcurrant leaf and savory “sous bois” character married to New World fruit that you find in the higher end bottling. A “can’t miss” wine for Bordeaux lovers.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of the best Bordeaux blends that we have in stock. Te Mata always over delivers, on every wine that they produce. This is the "Second wine" to the Coleraine but it is the first wine that I want to buy from their portfolio. This wine has richness, great structure, beautiful fruit, subtle complexity; what more could you ask for.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    The second wine to the great Te Mata "Coleraine." This wine is made from the same vineyards, made in the same cellars, with the same techniques as the mighty, multiple 100-point Coleraine. It is simply one of the best bargains around in Cab and Cab-based blends. The 2014 Awatea finds the perfect balance between power and restraint. There are rich Cabernet flavors of plum, cassis and blackcurrant but also whiffs of tobacco, cedar and pencil shavings (quite Pauillac like I think). The wine has lovely upfront fruit but also considerable structure and integrated tannins; that means it can stand up to a few years in the cellar or the heftiest cut of steak you can muster. If you enjoy more classic renditions of Napa Cab or Left Bank Bordeaux, you owe it to yourself to check out this wine—it will reset how some people perceive NZ wine...this is a game-changing bottle.
    Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2026
  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    I am always intrigued by a Bordeaux blend from anywhere, but this one from NZ definitely caught my attention. Perhaps a touch riper than most Bordeaux, yet still possesses complexity and poise. Lacquer, leafy tobacco, cassis, a touch of capsicum, with dusty tannins. One of the best Bordeaux blends I have tasted this year.
  • Rachel Vogel
    By: Rachel Vogel
    K&L Staff Member
    A great, layered and intriguing wine! It starts with green pepper and spice on the side palate that wraps around fresh, deep red fruit and blackberries. Layers of dusty tannins, bay leaves and other dry herbs emerge throughout the sip. Through all that the wine never loses its fresh, balanced acidity and ripe fruit notes that linger on the finish.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine absolutely blew me away when I tasted the 2013 vintage, I immediately wanted to buy several bottles only to discover that by the time I was introduced to it we were already sold out. So after much cursing and carrying on as well as muttered imprecations I resolved to await the new vintage with more or less grace. Finally the wait is over and I have tasted the new vintage. It was worth the wait. Classic Bordeaux nose of red and black berry with cassis and dark floral notes. This wine is powerful, yet structured with the layers of herbs and minerality off setting the sweet fruit and crisp acid. The finish is long and resplendent with dark cassis and a touch of herbaceous goodness that lasts long. If you can stand the hold on to this wine it will age beautifully but make sure you pick up enough to open some during the holidays.


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