|Our Price: $89.00 / bottle (RRP: $110.00)||Case: 6 x 750 ml|
Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognised wine exclusively from its historic Hawke's Bay vineyards.
Coleraine is New Zealand's most famous red wine. First produced in 1982, this classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc display the concentration, complexity and elegance found in the world's finest wines.
Coleraine derives its name from the Coleraine vineyard, home of John and Wendy Buck of Te Mata Estate. John’s late grandfather was born in Coleraine in Northern Ireland and the name has been maintained through the family home to the wine. Originally a single vineyard wine, from 1989 Coleraine has been an assemblage of the finest wines produced from distinct plots within Te Mata Estate’s oldest vineyards on the Havelock Hills.
First, a bouquet of violets, roses, lavender and pure cassis, followed by a banquet of blackcurrant, fragrant wild strawberry and pitch-black cherry, laid out over sweet cedar, and fine, supple French oak. Always floral, always concentrated, always poised - Coleraine ’15 is flame-red with flashes of magenta and brilliant purple. Alive with charm, texture and energy, this is a multi-generational wine of immense cellaring potential.
Vineyard - Coleraine ’15 was hand harvested from separate plots within Te Mata’s vineyards between 31 March and 17 April.
Winemaking - Each parcel of grapes was de-stemmed before a traditional warm, plunged fermentation and extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were then run to predominately new French oak barrels for 17 months’ maturation. Throughout this time, they were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2016 then egg white fined during their second winter in barrel. The finished wine was then bottled in December 2016. The final blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
pH - 3.50
Total acidity as tartaric - 6.0g/l
Alcohol - 14.0%
Residual sugar - Dry
'Coleraine is a beautiful wine, and I’d venture that it’s New Zealand’s Grange equivalent, only it comes from one place, is much cheaper, and to my tastes, is significantly better and more interesting. It does, however, come sealed with a cork. Whoops! I did it again. Tasted this alongside the 2015 Cullen Diana Madeline: I’ll be buying both.
So floral, so pretty, and yet masculine too. Roses, violets, bay leaf, baking spice and biscuit oak, plum, black cherry and raspberry. Medium bodied, inky black tea tannin, laced with tobacco, pitch perfect acidity, deep fruit with a spray of dried herb lending perfume and contrast. Rich but contained, a slurry of grainy tannin on a very long finish. How wonderful and good is this wine? In short, very.'
96+ Points - Gary Walsh
'Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour, with a slightly lighter edge. The nose is beautifully elegant with stylish proportions and expressed with finesse, showing ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit with cassis liqueur, lifted by fragrant dark red florals, subtle notes of dark herbs, and enriched by pencilly oak. Medium-full bodied, the fruit sweetness and richness is the immediate feature on the palate with concentrated and intense, layered flavours of blackberries and blackcurrants, cassis and black plums, along with herbs, floral elements and minerals, unfolding pencilly oak. The fruit richness is balanced by considerable tannin extraction, the mouthfeel very fine-textured and powdery. This has an underlying vitality, freshness and power, carrying the plush fruit flavours to a very long, lingering, textural finish. This is a classically structured, age-worthy Cabernet blend with refined opulence. 10-15 years. A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the fruit predominantly from Havelock with a portion from the ‘Bullnose’ vineyard, hand-picked and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 17 months in 70% new French oak barrels.'
19.5/20 - Raymond Chan