Te Mata Estate Merlot Cabernets is a New Zealand red wine from the Hawke’s Bay wine growing region of New Zealand’s North Island. Te Mata was established in 1896 and remains family owned today. All of the wines are estate produced.
The grapes from for the Te Mata Estate Merlot Cabernets are sourced from the estate’s own vineyards in the Bridge Pa Triangle, Havelock Hills and Woodthorpe Terraces sub-regions of Hawke’s Bay. The Woodthorpe Terraces vineyards were first planted in 1994 and cover some 220 hectares of vineyards (Viognier, Gamay Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are also planted here) planted on sandy loam over gravel soils left behind as the Tutaekuri River eroded its path through the hills to the sea. The Bridge Pa Triangle sub-region has some of the hottest summer temperatures in the Hawke’s Bay region, it is here that Te Mata’s flagship Bullnose Syrah comes from. There are two vineyards, the 15 hectare Bullnose and 15 hectare Isosceles Vineyards planted on free-draining sandy loam over a gravel base. A superb site for ripening red, and white, grape varieties. The Havelock Hills Vineyards are the the first legally-protected vineyards in New Zealand and were planted in 1892, the vineyards here are renowned for producing wines with great balance, power and elegance.
Te Mata Estate Te Mata Estate Merlot Cabernets is part of a range of Estate wines that was first released in 2012 to showcase the best qualities of their variety, vintage, and Hawke’s Bay origin. 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 8 months’ maturation before blending. The wines were regularly topped and racked, throughout maturation and blended.
The 2014 is a final blend is 50% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% Cabernet Franc.