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2018 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawke's Bay SKU #1498494

Price: $29.99

SK 95 WE 95 JS 93
VN 92
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  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    2/11/2021
    K&L Staff Member
    There is no discussion of New Zealand wine without Te Mata being front and center. The estate has been continuously producing wine from their Havelock Hills estate since 1895. In addition to being New Zealand’s oldest producer, they also happen to be its best. Named “New Zealand’s First Growth” by Decanter, they produce the best Bordeaux Blends in the country, bar none. The Awatea is a particularly bright star among their lineup. Sourced from the same vineyard parcels as their Coleraine (>$75), the Awatea is a stunning example of the exceptional wines being produced by this historic estate. The 2017 Awatea is richly layered with red and black plum, black cherry complemented by toasty vanilla spice. That palate delivers additional notes of black cherry, cassis and cocoa nibs across a silky finish. This drinks beautifully now, but will certainly appreciate in the cellar for another ten years. This is a perfect example of the tremendous value in exceptional producers in unexpected places.
  • Jennifer Lee
    By: Jennifer Lee
    12/26/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    Savory, lush, perfectly balanced oak with hint a hint of greenery and some blue fruit tones. This Cab/Merlot blend from NZ delivers what you expect of it...strong earthy and fruit forward notes, that's supported by the medium body from Merlot grapes and holds its structure well to finish. Super easy to drink now.

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