Selected for the 2019 Fine Wines of New Zealand List
51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot & 2% Cabernet Franc
'A New Zealand national treasure' – jancisrobinson.com, UK
‘A great wine from the very first vintage. Small refinements over the years add up to Coleraine now being even more statuesque and consistently great.’ – Huon Hooke, The Real Review
‘Every bit New Zealand’s ‘first growth’, with a reputation for unwavering consistency. Just glory.’ – Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review
Te Mata is as focused on quality as it is on innovation. When winery owner John made the first vintage of Coleraine in 1982, he opened the eyes of his peers to the potential for making top wine from a blend of Bordeaux varieties in Hawkes Bay. Good wines are now common place, but Coleraine still leads the pack with a style that grows more refined every year.
Considered New Zealand's most famous wine, Hawkes Bay's iconic Te Mata Estate Coleraine is also likely the most collected/collectable wine produced here. This classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot red has been made since 1982 and regularly attracts near-perfect ratings. The 37th release of Coleraine has been very much anticipated and shows the concentration, complexity and elegance we have come to expect.
Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"Brilliant magenta, Coleraine ’16 entices with concentrated rose syrup, fresh, fragrant raspberry, wild strawberry, ripe plum, thyme and cedar. Offering superb depth and complexity, Coleraine ’16 is defined by a precise, lazer-edge of pure, bright, red fruit. Framed by tight acid and silky tannins, all this extends elegantly into an exquisite and super-fine crescendo, giving exceptional length and finesse to the wine.
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 18 months’ maturation. Throughout this time, they were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2017 then egg white fined during their second winter in barrel. The finished wine was then bottled in December 2017. The final blend is 51% cabernet sauvignon, 47% merlot and 2% cabernet franc."
5 Stars & 97/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"This superstar label delivers precision, purity and poise with this latest offering. Exhibiting scintillating clarity together with seductive complexity, the bouquet shows red/dark fruit, game, cigar, cedar and violet notes on the nose. The palate is concentrated and focused with stunning fruit weight and intensity, superbly structured by loads of fine, chalky tannins. The wine offers great presence on the palate, and delivers perfect line, length and balance. At its best: 2022 to 2032."
97/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, March 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Coleraine, I feel, is probably The Great Wine of New Zealand. Or at least it is for a fellow who prefers Cabernet to Pinot Noir. A head-spinning array of violet, red and black fruits, gentle spiced biscuit oak, green olive, and lead pencil. It’s medium-bodied, succulent, yet firm, with toothsome tannin, a beautiful mouth-perfume, black tea and small just ripe berries, and a finish where freshness, vibrancy and tannin push the wine very long. A classic vintage. Stunning wine. Precision."
96/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, November 2019 (2016 Vintage)
"Herbal lift, red berries, sweet spice, floral lift. Neat and tidy, high grade cabernet 101. Succulent, fresh, fine and vibrant. Great energy here. Pure and fine. So elegant. All about fruit character and finesse. What a beautiful, seamless, fine and refined example."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
"Breed, rather than brute power, is the hallmark of Coleraine (correctly pronounced Cole-raine rather than Coler-aine), which since its first vintage in 1982 has carved out an illustrious reputation among New Zealand's claret-style reds. In all vintages since 2007, Cabernet Sauvignon has been the predominant variety. At its best, it is a magical Hawke's Bay wine, with a depth, complexity and subtlety on the level of a top-class Bordeaux. The grapes are grown in the Havelock North hills, in the company's warm, north-facing Buck and 1892 vineyards, and the wine is matured for 17 to 20 months in French oak barriques, predominantly new. The 2016 vintage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (51 per cent), Merlot (47 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (2 per cent). Still a baby, it demands cellaring, as you would expect. The bouquet is fragrant and complex; the palate is vigorous (revealing 'bright fruit' characters, says winemaker Peter Cowley), with substantial body, strong blackcurrant, plum, spice and nut flavours, firm, ripe tannins and a seamless, lasting finish. Best drinking 2023+."