2016 Te Mata Awatea Cabernet Merlot

2016 Te Mata Awatea Cabernet Merlot

5 Stars Michael Cooper
2016 Te Mata Awatea Cabernet Merlot
5 Stars Michael Cooper

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A vibrant and complex Bordeaux blend, the Awatea is an absolute classic. Beautifully made with real harmony of the parts, there's simply nothing here that isn't the best it could be -- concentration, nuance, structure... Though delicious now, Te Mata's mid-level red ages longer than most people's top wines. Delectable and collectible.

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Elsewhere up to $41.99 Save $5 $36.99 in mixed 6+ or $41.99 per bottle



45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc.

Its Origins

Originally a farm with homestead established in 1854 by John Chambers, it was his son Bernard who, on return from travels in France, planted vineyards on its north facing hills - which are still in use. In 1919 the Chambers sold and the Te Mata Vineyards company was established, to continue until 1975 when two associates, John Buck and Michael Morris, ended their 8 year search for a winery location by purchasing on the historic Te Mata estate. By remaining firmly rooted in a kind of modern traditional approach - quality focussed wines made with long-term expertise and from estate-only vineyards - Te Mata Estate have risen and risen as New Zealand’s benchmark for cellaring quality. Depending on variety, both their middle and top end wines are consistently capable not only of balance and appeal on release, but of aging for multiple decades.

What The Critics Say

5 Stars Michael Cooper

"This stylish, concentrated red is delicious now, but still well worth cellaring. Deeply coloured, with a fragrant, savoury bouquet, it is mouthfilling and vibrant, with deep berry and spice flavours, hints of blackcurrants and herbs, and a long, harmonious finish. $40"

95/100 Bob Campbell MW (2015 vintage)

"Very elegant red with a great texture and dense, concentrated floral, berry, fresh herb and subtle oak flavours. Appealing fruit sweetness is perfectly balanced by fine tannins that give the wine backbone and some longevity, although it's deliciously accessible now. A serious red at a frivolous price. 14/11/2017."

19.0+/20 Raymond Chan (2015 vintage)

"Dark, deep, black-hearted red, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit aromas with nuances of tobacco and lifted oak. The aromatic are deep and intense, with breadth and proportion. Medium-full bodied, the palate possesses deeply concentrated, ripe flavours of blackberries, blackcurrants and dark-red plums. Complexing herb, tobacco and aromatic oak detail add complexing interest. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained, but considerable tannin extraction providing body, depth and a core of presence. The acidity is softly ripe and fine, and balanced with the textures. This has a completeness and the balance lends approachability. The wine has a very long, lingering sweet finish, unveiling cassis elements. This is beautifully ripe and balanced for keeping 8-10 years. A blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc, the fruit from Havelock and the ‘Bullnose’ vineyard, hand-picked and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 30% new French oak. 19.0+/20 Mar 2017 RRP $41.95 "

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Cabernet Merlot Blend

  • Colour


  • Region

    Hawkes Bay

  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Alcohol


  • Maturity

    2017 - 2026

This Wine Goes Well With

with DUCK
with PORK



Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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