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2018 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawke's Bay

SKU #1498494 95 points Sam Kim

Outer quote mark The perfumed bouquet shows dark and purple fruit characters with warm spice, olive, cedar and floral notes. It’s splendidly concentrated and beautifully layered on the palate, delivering excellent fruit power combined with depth and complexity, finishing persistent and engaging. The wine is gorgeously framed by an abundance of powdery tannins, making it classically structured while remaining finely balanced and graceful. Inner quote mark (2/2020)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is an excellent bottling of Awatea, the younger brother of Te Mata’s top red, Coleraine. From a long, warm growing season, this feels like a complete wine. Winter warming notes of plump plums, dark cherries and chocolate are complemented by a bounty of dried herbs, spices and graphite. The palate is similarly dense and structured but with elegance and balance. Tannins are powdery and fine, winding through dark, tangy fruit and herbs. Like many of Te Mata’s wines, it has an old school Bordeaux vibe that will appeal more to some than to others. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark There’s a very attractive, cedary edge to this with red cherries, redcurrants and blueberries, as well as darker plum and cocoa notes. The palate is so composed and fresh and has a vivid, detailed and neatly layered feel. Inner quote mark (12/2020)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark From the home of New Zealand's most famous Bordeaux-style blend, Coleraine, its sibling Awatea is always consistent in offering classic Bordeaux aromas and flavors with the rich vibrancy of the Southern Hemisphere – and with a reasonable price tag. This offers classy, primary fruit with cassis, dried raspberries and plum richness allied with a cool Cabernet Sauvignon expression that's herbal, verging on spearmint, while the Franc proportion offers pencil-lead-like characters. Integrated oak-derived flavors of cedar from 16 months in French oak, as well as tobacco, ensure this is a more serious expression. Fine, grainy tannins linger on the lengthy finish. The final blend is 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, and 15% Cabernet Franc. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/11/2021 | Send Email
There is no discussion of New Zealand wine without Te Mata being front and center. The estate has been continuously producing wine from their Havelock Hills estate since 1895. In addition to being New Zealand’s oldest producer, they also happen to be its best. Named “New Zealand’s First Growth” by Decanter, they produce the best Bordeaux Blends in the country, bar none. The Awatea is a particularly bright star among their lineup. Sourced from the same vineyard parcels as their Coleraine (>$75), the Awatea is a stunning example of the exceptional wines being produced by this historic estate. The 2017 Awatea is richly layered with red and black plum, black cherry complemented by toasty vanilla spice. That palate delivers additional notes of black cherry, cassis and cocoa nibs across a silky finish. This drinks beautifully now, but will certainly appreciate in the cellar for another ten years. This is a perfect example of the tremendous value in exceptional producers in unexpected places.

By: Jennifer Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/26/2020 | Send Email
Savory, lush, perfectly balanced oak with hint a hint of greenery and some blue fruit tones. This Cab/Merlot blend from NZ delivers what you expect of it...strong earthy and fruit forward notes, that's supported by the medium body from Merlot grapes and holds its structure well to finish. Super easy to drink now.

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