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Te Mata Cabernets/Merlot '17

Winery: Te Mata Estate
Vendor: Te Mata Estate
$19.90
Deep magenta, Estate Vineyards Cabernets/Merlot ’17 overflows with fresh red berries, dark cherries, blueberry and ripe Hawke’s Bay plums. Savoury bay leaf, and fine toast and spice notes from the oak, give our 2017 release great presence, varietal personality and complexity on the palate. Appealing, approachable – and just a touch aristocratic – Estate Vineyards Cabernets/Merlot ’17 continues to over-deliver in flavour, intricacy and finesse. Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’17 will continue to evolve in bottle for three to six years from harvest.
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Description

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
pH 3.58
Total acidity as tartaric 5.6g/l
Alcohol 12.5%
Residual Sugar Dry

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 11 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 47% cabernet sauvignon, 41% merlot and 12% cabernet franc.

VINEYARDS
The grapes for Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’17 were harvested between 20 March and 11 April 2017 from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards in the Bridge Pa Triangle, Havelock Hills and Woodthorpe Terraces sub-regions of Hawke’s Bay.

ORIGIN
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.