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Te Mata, Awatea, Cabernet Merlot, Hawke's Bay - 2005

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First made in 1982, Awatea continues to represent the best of the classic Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot blend. Floral aromas with intense blackberry, currant and dark plum flavours lead to a rich, supple palate with a sustained finish.

Awatea takes its name from the historic ship SS Awatea (a Maori word meaning “Eye of the Dawn”) that sailed the Auckland – Sydney – Wellington route in the late 1930s. The Awatea was requisitioned as a troop transport in WWII and was sunk off Algeria in 1942.

"A blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot fermented to 13.5% alc. Showing some garnet colour, this has a full earthy, gamey nose and broad, dense, inky palate with meaty, earthy tobacco and fruit-cake flavours framed in a round textured tanins. Very secondary and very Merlot in expression, but with plenty of life ahead. Drink over the next 6-8+ years."

Raymond Chan Mar 2011