Te Mata Estate Cabernet Merlot 2020

Te Mata Estate Cabernet Merlot 2020

 

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Te Mata
Estate Cabernet Merlot 2020
  • Vintage : 2020
  • Country : New Zealand
  • Region : Hawkes Bay
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style : Rich and Spicy
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 12,5°
  • Grappes : 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc

Experts Score Vintage
RP Robert Parker 90 2020
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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 11 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 47% cabernet sauvignon, 41% merlot , 12% cabernet franc.

Tasting Note: 
Bright, intense magenta, with ripe wild blackberry, red plum, cherry cedar and rosemary all jumping from the glass, Estate Vineyards Cabernets/Merlot  is fresh, rich and fruit-driven. The palate shows notes of ripe cherry, date and blackcurrant with an even and sustained weight throughout.

Consistently overdelivering, Estate Vineyards Cabernets/Merlot remains an ode to balance, ripeness and modern Hawke’s Bay fruit-purity.

Today, the estate comprises 250ha, with 150ha under vine, and produces 40000 cases exclusively from these plantings. Two thirds of the production is Cabernets/Merlot, Chardonnay and Syrah.

Te Mata Estate Winery originated as part of Te Mata Station, a large pastoral land-holding established by English immigrant John Chambers in 1854. John's third son, Bernard had the original vision for wine production and planted grape vines on three parcels of hillside land above the homestead, and by 1909 it was the largest vineyard in New Zealand.

Today, Te Mata Estate still utilises those original three vineyards to produce its most famous wines; Coleraine, Awatea and Elston. Te Mata Estate was acquired by the current owners, the Bucks and the Morris's, in 1978.

They initiated a twenty year development programme which included restoring and re-equipping the original winery.

Thanks to their direction, Te Mata Estate has produced a stunning array of red and white wines over the last thirty years, including famous labels such as Coleraine, Awatea Cabernets/Merlots, Bullnose Syrah, Elston Chardonnay, Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc and most recently Zara Viognier, which was launched in 2009.

Te Mata Estate has also developed a unique single vineyard which produces its Estate wines.

Robert Parker (RP) : 90 Points (2020)
The 2021 Merlot Cabernet comprises 49% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc. At $25NZD (circa $15 USD), this is ultra elegant. On the nose, it is leafy, earthy, spicy and brambly, and in the mouth, it's a classic, light to medium-bodied Bordeaux blend. It's a lovely, fleshy, brambly and juicy wine with blood plums, damsons, bay leaf and salted licorice. Excellent value for the money! Resolved, savory and so good. 13.5% alcohol, sealed under screw cap.

Te Mata Bullnose Syrah 2019
Te Mata Bullnose Syrah 2019
Te Mata
Bullnose Syrah 2019
RP
93
WE
91
DCT
90
This wine has a fragrant nose featuring damson plums and blackberry liqueur, with touches of vanilla and spice. The palate is ripe, juicy and elegant with fresh and preserved raspberry and blackberry fruit flavours.
68,00 €
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Te Mata Coleraine 2021
Te Mata Coleraine 2021
Te Mata
Coleraine 2021
RP
98
RP
97
JS
97
Widely regarded as NZ’s greatest red wine, Coleraine shows concentrated dark-berry characters, a firm, and finely textured palate with a sustained finish. A powerful full-bodied wine that rewards cellaring, Coleraine is exceptionally long-living.
109,00 €
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Te Mata Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2022
Te Mata Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2022
Te Mata
Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2022
RP
92
JS
92
WE
91
With sauvignon blanc grapes of such quality, minimal winemaking means the finer aromatics and flavours are preserved. At the winery, the grapes were chilled, gently pressed, and the juice…
25,90 €
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Te Mata Estate Chardonnay 2021
Te Mata Estate Chardonnay 2021
Te Mata
Estate Chardonnay 2021
RP
92
JS
94
VN
90
Estate Vineyards Chardonnay combines the best of traditional and modern winemaking. Traditional whole-bunch pressing, barrel fermentation, barrel maturation on gross lees, and malolactic…
26,50 €
Quantity : moins plus
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