2015 Te Mata Estate Cabernet Merlot Awatea

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • New Zealand
  • North Island
  • Hawke's Bay
Drink between 2019 - 2028 (Edit)
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  • F1NUT Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 4, 2019 - I'm maintaining my view of this wine. Gorgeous, one of the best Awatea's I've had. Its only 4 years old and still a beautiful young colour but also a beautiful bouquet of violets, vanilla, black fruits and some depth from the lightly toasted oak. I still believe Te Mate learned from the two previous superb years 13, 14 and threw every good thing at this wine,

    I love the flavour profile, Yes it seems just right, straightforward even but it is not without some components. Lovely dark cherries and doris plums. But there is also a lovely light vanilla touch, some cedar and a light touch of tobacco, and best of all for me is some cleansing acidity. This wine also has a lovely influence of perfumed perfectly ripe grape berries on the vine and for me it seems to last into the palate. I just love this influence, for all that I also love a full-bodied cabernet. This wine strikes a happy place where depth of flavour meets enjoyment of elegance. For example, think Freesias in Spring which are somehow full on but subtle at the same time. Oh, its Spring here right now, no wonder I am enjoying this wine so much.

    The reason I don't give it more points (but I love it for what it is) is perhaps a little missing in the tannin structure. This wine is not made to last 30 years so it does not have the tannin of a great Bordeaux but gosh if THIS vintage had those whole bunches and stalks thrown into the ferment how great would this wine be?

    No this is a 10-15 year wine but already I'm loving it and it will easily last the decade its made for. If you want longer you can buy Coleraine. Or you could just keep this one and see how it goes.

    I'm impressed. The 2013 was superb even soon after release but maybe a little, I mean a little down on structure. 2014 might yet impress but may be a little down on fruit? This 2015 has the enjoyment factor for me. There is not much difference in these 3 marvellous vintages so thanks Te Mata for a real treat. (and I have the Coleraine as well thank you very much). Lovin' it all.

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  • Screwcaps Likes this wine: 92 points

    June 16, 2019 - David’s note previous is spot on, I’d go couple of points higher on my scale. I see the alcohol, but it’s just- only just- in balance. Love the red fruit transparency here, puts me in the mind of the 2013 Wynn’s Black but with finer tannins. Four out of five. Ready to drink, but will hold in the medium term.

  • DavidWong168 wrote: 86 points

    May 25, 2019 - Medium to deep ruby. Medium intensity nose of red fruits, vanilla and menthol. Feels hotter than the advertised 14% alcohol. Linear raspberry and vanilla on the palate. Tannins are of medium tackiness and fine grained. Medium(-) acidity and there’s a lingering inner sweetness. Decent structure but the flavors are uninteresting.

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  • RussK wrote: 90 points

    May 1, 2019 - Russk. I liked it in the beginning but then grew quite bored with it. Aromatics mostly primary. Mouth Pleasant.

  • Lublu Likes this wine: 91 points

    December 26, 2018 - Vermelho rubi (escuro). Lágrimas bem formadas, duradouras e simétricas. Nariz de intensidade média. No olfato notas de frutas negras, florais (Jasmin), caixa de cigarro e chocolate amargo. Em boca tem ataque pleno e aveludado. Estrutura tânica portentosa. Álcool muito educado. No retronasal as frutas negras abundam. É um vinho ainda jovem. Final de boca agradável e com boa extensão.

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  • By Gary Walsh
    3/7/2017 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • Type Red
  • Producer Te Mata Estate
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Cabernet Merlot
  • Vineyard Awatea
  • Country New Zealand
  • Region North Island
  • SubRegion Hawke's Bay
  • Appellation Hawke's Bay
  • UPC Codes 9418953106136, 9418953106150

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  • In Cellars 372 (73%)
  • Consumed 136 (27%)

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