An attractive array of red berries and fresh leafy notes, classical claret-like nose, bright red berry and blueberry fruits, nicely formatted ripeness and oak is played to perfection. The palate has a succulent, juicy and lively feel to it, the mid-palate focus is impressive, hints of chocolate pervade the red cherry and mulberry flavoured finish. Drink now to 2027.
94 points, James Suckling (Dec 2017)
The 2015 Awatea Cabernets - Merlot is a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc. It delivers all the classic notes of a blended Bordeaux-style red, from cedar and vanilla to black cherry and cassis. Hints of tobacco add savory complexity to the mix, while firm tannins bolster the case for aging this medium to full-bodied wine a few years before coming back to it.
92 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 235 - Feb 2018)