2014 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
Very dark, deep, black-purple color, a little lighter on the rim, and youthful in appearance. The nose is fresh and refined with dark red florals entwined with black and red currants and fresh, dark herbs. The aromatics are beautifully pure and grow in depth and penetration in the glass. Medium full bodied, the palate is tightly concentrated with a sleek, intense heart of bold blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit. This has lifted dark red-floral aromatics along with piquant fresh herbs and a hint of leafiness, but the fruit sweetness and richness unfolds, enlivened by crisp, refined, lacy acidity. The tannin extraction lends a fine-grained structure that allows the fruit fragrance and succulent vibrancy to prevail. The wine flows with excellent linearity to a very long, aromatic fnish of dark red florals, herbs and cassis liqueur. This has elegance, freshness and balance, with an aromatic coolness that will see the wine develop 8-10 years easily. 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 16 months in 25% new French oak.
The bouquet is classic Bordeaux: fragrant, inviting and complex with cassis, plum, dried herb and floral notes with hints of grilled meat and cedar. The palate is concentrated and focused, and offers fine texture and flowing mouthfeel. The wine is perfectly framed by fine, delicately drying tannins, and finishes superbly long and engaging. A glorious Awatea, offering exceptional value, that will delight fans of this label over coming years. The 2014 vintage wine is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. At its best: 2018 to 2030.
Bright, fresh red with red and blue berries, pepper and subtle leafy flavours plus a seasoning of spicy oak. Fruit sweetness gives the wine accessibility, although it does show some potential at least for the medium-term. Offers good value at this price.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Cabernet Merlot Awatea was a finished blend, just needing to be fined and bottled in January 2016. Deep garnet-purple colored, it has a very spicy, toasty, pencil shavings and plums laced nose. Ripe, plump, rounded and with generous fruit in the mouth, it delivers a firm backbone of ripe tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing with great persistence. (LPB)
(this is essentially the estate's second wine to the Coleraine): Dark bright red. Aromas of cassis and mint show a slightly raw green-peppery quality. Juicy but tight on the palate; less open than the 2013 version and ultimately less sweet as well. Cherry and cocoa flavors are currently dominated by spices and herbs, with the tannins turning a bit dusty and dry. (ST)
Te Mata's Awatea is basically a baby Coleraine; it comes from identical vineyard sources and is made in much the same way. It is all from Te Mata's estate vineyards, aged in high-end French oak cooperage and built to last. In great vintages like 2014 I think this wine represents a serious bargain. It has enough fruit and richness to be enjoyed young (with decanting and a rib eye preferably) but also undoubtedly has the structure and poise to last at least a decade in the cellar. Think of this as you would a 2nd label to one of the great Chateaus of Bordeaux. The Awatea has a great nose of fresh tobacco, graphite, red and black currants, cigar box, and warm earth. Tannins are firm but well delineated and with good mid palate flesh to coat them making this accessible young but also endowing the wine with great ageing potential. Ryan Woodhouse (K&L NZ Wine Buyer)