Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognised wines exclusively from its Hawkes Bay vineyards. Under the direction of John Buck, Te Mata Estate has, over nearly thirty years, produced a stunning array of red and white wines including famous labels such as Coleraine, Awatea cabernets/Merlots, Bullnose Syrah, Elston Chardonnay, Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc and Zara Viognier. In Vintage_2012 Te Mata Estate launched Estate Vineyards, a collection sourced exclusively from their own vineyards and blended to represent the best qualities of their variety.
Te Mata Estate is New Zealand's leading producer of modern claret, a reputation founded, since 1982, upon the excellence of our flagship wine, Coleraine. This traditional blend of Bordeaux varieties is a consistently rewarding, complex wine showing ripe blackcurrant, plum and chocolate flavours with a supple and sustained palate.
The grapes for Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets '15 were harvested between 3 March and 15 April Vintage_2015 from Te Mata Estate's own vineyards in the Bridge Pa Triangle, Havelock Hills and Woodthorpe Terraces sub-regions of Hawke's Bay.
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 8 months' maturation before blending. The wines were regularly topped and racked, throughout maturationBlended and traditionally egg-white fined before bottling. The final blend is 52% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.
Deep crimson with a floral lift and charm, Estate Merlot/Cabernets '15 has a beguiling, aromatic intricacy with a core of sustained, poised, ripe fruit on the palate. Chocolatey Merlot, and sumptuous raspberry and blackberry notes from Cabernet Franc give a supple weight to the wine. The tapenade and dried herb of cabernet deepen the savoury appeal and varietal expression. Artfully crafted, graceful and svelte, Estate Merlot/Cabernets '15 is a deceptively elegant wine.