Te Awa Cabernet Merlot, Hawke’s Bay Bin End.
Te Awa Single Estate wines are grown on a single site in the sacred Gimblett Gravels, allowing true expression of the classic Hawkes Bay varieties Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux blends.
Te Awa Cabernet Merlot is sourced from a selection of premium vineyard blocks off the estate vineyard. These vines are amongst the oldest on the property. The vineyard is located on free draining gravel soils especially suited to the growing of high quality Bordeaux varietals. Intensive management during the season has resulted in low yielding high quality fruit- parcels.
The blend of the Te Awa Cabernet Merlot 2011 is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 15% Malbec. Some of the oldest vines on the Te Awa estate labour to produce the intense fruit for this succulent Bordeaux-style blend. The use of natural yeasts and 18 months barrel ageing has added layers of complexity to the plush blackcurrant and plum fruit.