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2018 Te Mata 'Awatea' Cabernet/Merlot

2018 Te Mata 'Awatea' Cabernet/Merlot
Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

"I am a huge fan of Te Mata Estate wines and have featured many of them both on our retail shelves and in our wine clubs. Their wines are truly fantastic, across the board, like their basic Sauv Blanc and Gamay (yes, it’s delicious!). Awatea is just one of those wines you simply have to keep a stash in the cellar. Even at just under $40 this still represents great value for an extremely classy take on a classic Bordeaux-style red. And the fact that it comes from an unlikely (or lesser thought of) place makes it all the more intriguing and impressive. Awatea and Coleraine are wines that Robert Parker has labelled as 'bona fide classics.'  I’d go as far to say for under $40, this is one of the best Bordeaux red blends you’ll find from anywhere." -Mike Guerra, Advanced Sommelier

95 points, Wine Enthusiast. "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."

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SKU: 3650785