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Te Mata Estate Vineyards Merlot Cabernets 2016

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Hawkes Bay,NZ
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VINEYARDS MERLOT CABERNETS 2016

VINEYARDS
The grapes for Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’16 were harvested between 26 March and 20 April 2016 from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards in the Bridge Pa Triangle, Havelock Hills and Woodthorpe Terraces sub-regions of Hawke’s Bay.

WINEMAKING
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 12 months’ maturation before blending. The wines were regularly topped and racked, throughout maturation, blended and traditionally egg-white fined before bottling. The final blend is 45% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon, 15% cabernet franc.

TASTING NOTE
Bright magenta, Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’16 shows lifted notes of blackberry and boysenberry, with fine touches of mint, sandalwood and fresh, ripe cherry. Prune, coffee, redcurrant and wild strawberry on the palate all add depth to the wine’s immediate appeal - balanced fruit concentration that glides to a savoury finish and plush, firm tannins. Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’16. A little bit royal. A little bit excellent, every time.

FOOD MATCH
Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’16 is a wonderful accompaniment to hard cheeses and anything that once lived in a field.

CELLARING POTENTIAL
Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’16 will continue to evolve in bottle for three to six years from harvest.

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