2015 Te Mata Estate ColeraineBlend from New Zealand
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"New Zealand’s First Growth. Many critics consider Coleraine up there with the best Bordeaux blends in the world. The original intention may have been to mirror the top Cru Cla...
- 98 Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
- 96+ Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
- 96 Huon Hooke - www.huonhooke.com
98 Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
"The wine has everything in place, and nothing out of place. It is striking and restrained at the same time, and delivers youthful charm of classic young Bordeaux, offering concentration, purity and complexity all in this gracious package that is Coleraine ‘15. Cassis, dark plum, violet, cigar and roasted almond lead to a palate that is perfectly proportioned and detailed with focus and structure, wonderfully enhanced by delectable fruit flavours and elegant oak infusion. Seamless and persistent with a promise to develop magnificently."
96+ Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
"New Zealand’s Grange equivalent, only it comes from one place, is much cheaper, and to my tastes, is significantly better and more interesting."
96 Huon Hooke - www.huonhooke.com
"Deep red/purple colour and a ripe berry aroma which recalls blueberry, blackberry and raspberry. A fine, balanced but persuasive tannin grip, and excellent persistence. Very stylish wine with a big future. A top vintage."
"New Zealand’s First Growth. Many critics consider Coleraine up there with the best Bordeaux blends in the world. The original intention may have been to mirror the top Cru Classé but, today Coleraine has evolved its own style." -Decanter
"COLERAINE IS NEW ZEALAND’S MOST FAMOUS RED WINE. FIRST PRODUCED IN 1982, THIS CLASSIC BLEND OF CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MERLOT AND CABERNET FRANC DISPLAYS THE CONCENTRATION, COMPLEXITY AND ELEGANCE FOUND IN THE WORLD’S FINEST WINES.
ESTABLISHED IN 1896, TE MATA ESTATE REMAINS FAMILY OWNED, PRODUCING INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED WINES EXCLUSIVELY FROM ITS HISTORIC, HAWKE’S BAY VINEYARDS.
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." -Winery
98 - Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
96+ - Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
96 - Huon Hooke - www.huonhooke.com
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc|
|Taste||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|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, tobacco, broccoli, berry and flower|