Wines of Te Awanga Estate, Hawke’s Bay

These tasting notes accompany our feature on Hawke’s Bay as part of our New Zealand 2020 series

White Wines

(2020) Lovely rosy apple and peachy aromatics, very crunchy, vibrant citrus on the palate, lemony acids, but a juicy, dry peach and orange to the finish.
(2020) Lots of herbal notes here, fennel and parsley and a touch of nectarine and lime, orange and such a saline finish to this, delicious. So tangy and mouthwatering, a really nice style. No UK retail stockists at time of review.
(2020) From inland blocks, whole bunch pressed into barrel for wild ferment. Creamy, a touch of vanilla and buttery nuttiness, the palate showing a peachy fruit, a dry apple core acidity and more phenolic grip in the finish.
(2020) Fascinating nose, with the apricot and very ripe pear aromatics, the 100% barrel ferment and wild yeast giving creaminess, a bit of skin contact. Nutty, but then quite exotic lychee notes to the fruit profile, floral too. Packed with flavour, packed with interest. I really liked this, but no UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2020) Very delicate, almond and oatmeal nose, melon and pear, stone and orchard fruit aromas. The palate has juicy and dry fruit, orchard fruits, and a nice subtle oak component into a long very tangy and citrus finish with a touch of saline in the acids. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2020) Wild ferment, with full solids. Nutty and has more of the wild yeast funk, herbs, light earth, just a touch of flint, the palate bursts with sweet peach juice and ripe pear, then acid kicks in, pithy and strong, a touch of flint. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2020) Classic, very Burgundian, just a hint of flint, but almond and crushed hazelnut, oatmeal over firm, very ripe and attractive orchard fruit, a hint of something herbal and saline. Bursting with energy, the shimmering lemon and salts acidity from the terroir of the clay and limestone soils and the Mendoza clone is delicious, focused and ripe, and so long. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.

Red Wines

(2020) Medium/pale garnet, very much on the beetroot and rhubarb spectrum, over a sweeter strawberry. Some floral notes, some high spices. Strawberry and sweet ripe red cherry, finishing with spice and great fruit sweetness. A Pinot lovers Pinot.
(2020) All from limestone or clay soils. Lovely floral character, here, spices and lift, some old roses, there is a bit of game and strawberry, in a Pinot-like, light and sleek character. Spice, and fine tannins to finish. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2020) Part of a range of small batch releases this super-Tuscan style blend is made in large barrels. Tobacco, cherry and earthiness, the Cabernet adding a touch of austerity, dustiness. Lovely palate, the blood-streaked, firm palate has a seam of decisive acidity, a touch of cab asserting in the finish, though it's only 20% of the blend. No UK retail stockists at time of review.
(2020) Creamy nose, but high, floral character, brightness and firmness, the palate lean and savoury, the acidity decisive again, but a lick of ripe red fruit too, finishes with lots of spice.
(2020) From limestone hillsides in the Bridge Pa Triangle. Florals again, cherry and herbs, a touch of game and a touch of graphite or cedar. A little bit of the smoky bacon meatiness. Big mouthful of wine, has meatiness and a bit of bloody perfume and interest. Smooth but grippy tannins. Just a delicious, satisfying Syrah. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2020) Fabulous, opulent nose, the creamy plushness of the fruit, the blackcurrant glossiness, spices from 20 months in different formats of oak, and all the fruit from hillside blocks. Game and meat, but really up-front fruit dominates, the sour cherry acidity and bloody, meatiness of the fruit gives this lovely presence. Tangy, juicy acids and tight tannins. Price and stockist is for a previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) Using fruit from two vineyards near havelock North. 43% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec and 4% Cab Franc. Elegant floral-edged cherry and spices, savoury with some cedar and graphite. Solid and svelte black fruit, great sweetness and ripeness on the mid-palate. Juicy and at the same time dry, balanced tannins and acids. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.

Back to Te Awanga Estate profile in our feature on Hawke’s Bay

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