Te Mata Awatea Cabernet 2017

Te Mata Estate Winery originated as part of Te Mata Station, a large pastoral land-holding established by English immigrant John Chambers in 1854. John’s third son, Bernard, had the vision for wine production and planted vines on three of the hillsides above the homestead. By 1909, it was the largest vineyard in New Zealand, winning gold medals for its Cabernet in the ‘Imperial London Exhibition’ of that year. Te Mata Estate still utilises those original three vineyards to produce its most famous wines: Coleraine, Awatea and Elston. The Buck and Morris families acquired Te Mata Estate in 1978, and have heavily invested in the estate. Today, the estate is comprised of 250 hectares, of which 175 hectares are under vine. It has an annual production of 40,000 cases. Two-thirds of this is Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, Chardonnay and Syrah, from which the estate produces a stunning array of red and white wines. Three generations of the Buck family live and work at Te Mata Estate, headed by with Nick Buck who became CEO in 2013. Peter Cowley joined as winemaker in 1984. Under his direction, and with the help of winemakers Philip Brodie and Martyn Wallace, all winemaking techniques adhere to Te Mata’s strict policy of producing small batches of high-quality wine for selection and assembly.


First made in 1982, Awatea continues to represent the vest of the classic Hawkes Bay Cabernet/Merlot blend.  Floral aromas with intense blackberry, currant and dark plum flavours lead to a rich, supple palate with a sustained finish.

Ink-dark crimson, Awatea Cabernets/Merlot ’17 glimmers with bright raspberry, cherry and blackberry sparkling over mocha, cedar and spice. Always a favourite expression of fine Hawke’s Bay cabernet, Awatea from 2017 is refreshing and moreish as well as typically elegant. Aromas of red and dark berry fruit, flashes of boysenberry and espresso on the palate, and a classical, super-fine, tannin structure running through to its long finish make Awatea Cabernets/Merlot ’17 a true star.


  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2017
  • ABV: 13%
  • Origin: Hawkes Bay/New Zealand
  • Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Merlot

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