Te Mata Coleraine Cabernet Blend 2018
- Rich, full-bodied
- Hawke's Bay
We have a tiny allocation of this, and we’re grateful to have it. We look forward to the stories from the lucky few mofos who manage to get some of this in their cellars. New Zealand’s most famous red wine for good reason, it’s been called NZ’s “greatest red wine” by Raymond Chan (he should know, being a Kiwi resident), “New Zealand’s Grange” by Wine Front, and is considered in the top three wines of the country by robertparker.com. We’re big fans, too, unsurprisingly.
Te Mata back themselves to and describe the 2018 as ‘symphonic in its harmony and presence’. Wow! I think we’ve said enough. This is a wonderful wine and we are so please to have it on our site.
“Bright, youthful blended red of cabernet sauvignon (52%), merlot (33%) and cabernet franc (15%). This is classic Coleraine with cassis, cedar, floral, blueberry, a suggestion of wood-smoke, anise and spicy oak flavours. Terrific depth and an exquisite balance between fruit sweetness and acid/tannin structure. It will be a long-distance runner.”
It’s cool, we get it, you want to know absolutely everything about this wine. Well here you go, go nuts.
- Hawke's Bay
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 52% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot, 15% cabernet franc
- Serving Temp.
From the producer
A deep midnight-magenta, Coleraine ’18 is symphonic in its harmony and presence. The aromatics are immediately varietal with grace notes of cassis, raspberry leaf, fresh roses, dark chocolate, lifted black cherry, espresso and cedar. The palate deepens the opening theme. There’s tapenade, darkest blackberry and ripe plum while underneath, quietly, a precise, profound tannin structure resonates. Powerful, deep-set, graceful and complex, Coleraine ’18 is refined to an exquisite point while still retaining freshness and balance. It lingers after tasting. Layered and composed, resplendent and resolved, a gloriously seductive ensemble celebratory of all that fine New Zealand wine can be.
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. Coleraine ’18 was hand harvested from separate plots within Te Mata’s vineyards between 26 March and 20 April 2018.
Each parcel of grapes was destemmed 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 2019. The finished wine was bottled in December 2019. The final blend is 52% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot and 15% cabernet franc.
Hawke's Bay is New Zealand's oldest wine region, with climate similar to Bordeaux and Sancerre in France. It's no surprise then that their best wines happen to be Cabernet blends and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Syrah. Unfortunately, most of this gets slurped up within NZ, and we have to bang down doors to get some over to Australia. Lucky for you mofos, we're pretty good at this.