2009 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay New Zealand
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Awatea Cabernet / Merlot has been produced since 1982. Blended of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the 2009 Awatea Cabernet / Merlot offers a deep garnet-purple color and aromas of Indian spice, sandalwood, cloves and cumin seed over warm blackberries and cassis plus hints of cigar box and cedar. Full bodied with muscular fruit and a good amount of spicy berry flavors in the mouth, it has firm grainy tannins, crisp acid and a long, elegant finish. Approachable now, it should continue to drink to 2020+.
This Bordeaux-style blend demonstrates the depth and complexity that the Bordeaux varietals take on in New Zealand. Floral, with incense and cherry aromas, this is balanced but full on the palate, with blackberry and cherry fruit, spice, herbs de Provence and bittersweet chocolate. Drinkable now with some air, this will continue to improve over the next 5-8 years and drink for up to a decade.