Friday, January 21, 2022

Te Mata - New Zealand

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2019 Te Mata Hawke's Bay Syrah....$19.99

Te Mata's estate Syrah is once again a lucid, approachable beauty. This vintage is more layered than the previous one, unraveling flavors and textures. First, bright cherry and plum arise, then graphite, savory herbs and flowers chime in. The palate is linear and taut, with leathery tannins, crisp acidity and tart fruit. There's a savory edge to the finish. It's a serious yet highly drinkable Syrah, especially when paired with roast lamb.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Enthusiast

2021 Te Mata Hawke's Bay Sauvignon Blanc....$18.99
Te Mata Estate Sauvignon Blanc ’21 is brilliant white gold, and packed with the aromas of tropical fruit, from guava to pineapple, ripe grapefruit, Key lime and passionfruit. Concentrated and long, the palate shows more weight with nectarine, white peach and a fine sea-salt edge that only adds to the wine’s ripe, thirst-quenching character. Quintessentially Hawke’s Bay, Te Mata Estate Sauvignon Blanc ’21 delivers new dimensions of freshness and appeal.
(not scored, previous vintage scored 91/100)

2018 Te Mata Hawke's Awatea Red (Hawke's Bay)....$32.99
This is an excellent bottling of Awatea, the younger brother of Te Mata's top red, Coleraine. From a long, warm growing season, this feels like a complete wine. Winter warming notes of plump plums, dark cherries and chocolate are complemented by a bounty of dried herbs, spices and graphite. The palate is similarly dense and structured but with elegance and balance. Tannins are powdery and fine, winding through dark, tangy fruit and herbs. Like many of Te Mata's wines, it has an old school Bordeaux vibe that will appeal more to some than to others.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Enthusiast

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