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 nine 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 44 % Merlot, 36 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 20 % Cabernet Franc.
Dark ruby with a bright purple edge, Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets '19 has ripe raspberry and blackberry on the nose and a palate that unfolds with Black Doris plum, cherry syrup, mint and cocoa-powder. Brambly, ripe, cabernet fruit sits atop soft, savoury tannins. Classically inviting, Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets '19 is complex and instantly-appealing at the same time.
The grapes for Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets are sourced from from Te Mata Estate's own vineyards in the Bridge Pa Triangle, Dartmoor, Havelock Hills and Gimblett sub-regions of Hawke's Bay.
|Region||New Zealand Red||ABV||13.50%|
|Drink From||2021||Drink To||2025|
|Everyday drinking, Special occasion|