Te Awa Cabernet/Merlot 2009, Hawkes Bay, North Island

Cabernet/Merlot Cabernet/Merlot
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

$24.05 (95984)

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86 pts
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November 24, 2012

Critic Reviews (3)

David Lawrason
David Lawrason

This is a slim and juicy cabernet-merlot, much like those from Niagara - not structure or depth. The fruit also seems...

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Sara d'Amato
Sara d'Amato

An oddly spiced, light cabernet merlot with apple cider flavours and bright acids. Not what one might expect even...

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John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

Over ripe and oxidized on the nose, with fully bruised fruit and brown apples - I hope that this is an off bottle;...

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Community Reviews (1)

Dan Trcka
Dan Trcka

The 2009 Te Awa Cabernet/Merlot, composed of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec that was aged for 20 months in French oak barrels, has intense aromas of blueberry, pine, wood and vanilla that dissipate quickly and raspberry, blackberry and black cherry notes emerge. It is an extra-dry, medium bodied, integrated wine, with very good acidity, refined tannins (no need to decant – 15 min, however needs to be strained due to many tartrate crystals) and a medium to long, graphite silkiness finish. Sip by itself or enjoy with quite diverse foods; drink now – 2020+. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 91 pts – sold originally for $28.95 now for nearly $5 less – recommended due to its value and quality. Tasted June/13.

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