2013 Te Mata Hawkes Bay AwateaBlend from New Zealand
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An intense deep crimson, Awatea ’13 is a true classic. The fragrance immediately captivates with notes of dark roast coffee, chocolate, vanilla and toast entwined with the frui...
- 95 Raymond Chan - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
- 95 Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
- 94 Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
95 Raymond Chan - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 15 months in approx. 35% new French oak. Full, even black-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a tightly concentrated, penetrating nose of ripe blackberry, blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit aromas unfolding cassis, dark herb, liquorice and minerally detail. The aromatics are presented with precision, focus and depth. Medium-full bodied, the palate is very firmly concentrated with a deep core of ripe black and red berry fruits. Complexing herb, leaf, tobacco and black plum flavours add to an array that blossoms with richness and vibrancy. The tannins are very refined and powdery, providing plenty of structure and support, building and growing in prominence, and carried by refreshing lacy acidity to a long and sustained finish. This is a sophisticated Bordeaux-varietal red with intensity and refined structure. 10+ years ahead.
95 Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
This offers exceptional value for a premium wine. Compelling and gratifying, yet it's not over done or blowsy. The fabulously appealing bouquet shows blackberry, dark plum, dried herb and roasted nut characters, followed by a succulent palate that exhibits fine, grainy texture and a super-long finish. The wine is brilliantly polished and framed, and destined to develop gracefully. A blend of 40% cabernet sauvignon, 39% merlot, 16% cabernet franc, 5% petit verdot.
94 Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
Big hit of splintery, cedary wood to kick things off. Some vanilla whiffs, dark chocolate, rose petal and charry characters, with a bold, strike out of dark, deep, brooding black berry fruit and cassis. Some minty notes creep in, more so to taste, but again, it's about potency of flavor and concentration. Long in flavor, honed with firm, grainy tannins, finishes with building, satisfying pucker. Structure, tension, drive. Has it all. Great wine.
An intense deep crimson, Awatea ’13 is a true classic. The fragrance immediately captivates with notes of dark roast coffee, chocolate, vanilla and toast entwined with the fruit. Hints of bayleaf and mint keep the aromas fresh and lively. The palate unfolds with ripe berry flavors and a rich mouth feel, while ripe tannins give a delightfully fine finish. From perfect growing conditions, the intense fruit concentration remains refined. Elegant and powerful, Awatea ’13 is a masterpiece.
95 - Raymond Chan - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
95 - Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
94 - Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot|
|Taste||currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast, tar, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, lead, cedar, molasses and dark fruit|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, mocha and vanilla|