Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. 13%
This cabernet/merlot blend is Te Mata’s “2nd wine”, and a very good one too.
Others have said that 2000 is one of the very best Awatea’s in recent years, just behind the 1998. Like the 1998 this strays into the dark, savoury spectrum, while retaining the freshness that Bordeaux and Hawkes Bay can deliver (which is more rare for California, Sth Africa, and Australia). At 8 years of age it is drinking beautifully.