2018 Te Mata Awatea Cabernet Merlot

2018 Te Mata Awatea Cabernet Merlot

95 Points Huon Hooke
2018 Te Mata Awatea Cabernet Merlot
95 Points Huon Hooke

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A vibrant and complex Bordeaux blend, the Awatea is a cellar classic. Beautifully made with real harmony of the elements, there's simply nothing here that isn't the best it could be in terms of concentration, nuance, structure. Though delicious now, this mid-level red is famous for aging longer than most people's top wines. Delectable and collectible.

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$41.99 in mixed 6+ or $46.99 per bottle



48% cabernet sauvignon, 37% merlot, 15% 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

95/100 Huon Hooke

"Very deep, bold, bright purple/red colour leads into a superbly fragrant cabernet nose of violets, cassis, cedar and tobacco, while the palate is intense and bright, focused and elegant, with abundant fine tannins but also ready drinkabilty and superb balance. An excellent Awatea, with the structure to age and develop for many years. (48% cabernet sauvignon, 37% merlot, 15% cabernet franc) 07 FEB 2020." Drink 2022 - 2038

17.5/20 Joelle Thomson

"Awatea is made every year and the blend varies slightly; this year’s being 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. It’s dry, juicy, medium bodied and youthful with blackcurrant flavours, spice. Awatea is named after the SS Awatea, a ship that sailed from Auckland to Sydney to Wellington in the 1930s."

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."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Cabernet Merlot Blend

  • Colour


  • Region

    Hawkes Bay

  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Alcohol


  • Maturity

    2020 - 2038

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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