2014 Te Mata Estate Coleraine
currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast, tar, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper and green bean
currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, tobacco, broccoli, berry and flower
The Wine: From an outstanding growing season, coupled with Te Mata Estate’s 120-year wine-making legacy, Coleraine ’14 is testament to the quality of the 2014 vintage. With an immediate perfume of violets and dark roses, Coleraine ’14 reveals sublime concentration, drive and complexity. Deep, floral fruit, rolling waves of ripe berries, cassis, mocha and cedar-spice instantly evoke the grandeur and charm of classic Cabernet. Coleraine ’14 is luxurious, contemporary and monumental; unfurling with air and time to reveal an impeccable level of detail and integration. Evolution in a glass.
Winemaking: Each parcel of grapes was destemmed before a traditional warm, plunged fermentation and extended marceration 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 2015 then egg white fined during their second winter in barrel. The finished wine was then bottled in December 2015. The final blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc.
Origin: 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.