IS THIS THE BEST AWATEA TO DATE? PROBABLY.
95/100 | Huon Hooke "An excellent Awatea, with the structure to age and develop for many years."
95/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit "Classically structured while remaining finely balanced and graceful"
Awatea has long been regarded as one of New Zealand's best value premium red wines and the 2018 may well go down as the finest Awatea released by Te Mata Estate to date. To our taste it is certainly the most 'Coleraine-like' Awatea we can remember, with a level of intensity and palate drive we have not seen in Awatea before.
Approachable in its youth and clearly referencing 'the modern Hawkes Bay style', the 2018 is refreshing and moreish as well as typically elegant. This celebrated Cabernet blend is already drinking well now and will continue to develop in the bottle over the next 8-10 years.
Huon Hooke writes "Very deep, bold, bright purple/red colour leads into a superbly fragrant cabernet nose of violets, cassis, cedar and tobacco, while the palate is intense and bright, focused and elegant, with abundant fine tannins but also ready drinkabilty and superb balance. (48% cabernet sauvignon, 37% merlot, 15% cabernet franc) 2022–2038. An excellent Awatea, with the structure to age and develop for many years."
The winery writes "Dark and bright, Awatea Cabernets/Merlot ’18 is an inky purple with an electric crimson edge. From a warm and dry vintage, Awatea ’18 shows ripe blackberry and blackcurrant aromatics with elements of vanilla creme and sandalwood. On the palate there’s a banquet of plum, raspberry, dried herbs and lingering dark cherry, set out across cedar and cocoa powder tannins. Classical in structure, with fine balance and length, Awatea Cabernets/Merlot ’18 is resplendent in its purity and detail."
Sam Kim writes "The perfumed bouquet shows dark and purple fruit characters with warm spice, olive, cedar and floral notes. It's splendidly concentrated and beauifully layered on the palate, delivering excellent fruit power combined with depth and complexity, finishing persistent and engaging."