Selected for the 2019 Fine Wines of New Zealand List
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot & 15% 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 2018 release of Coleraine has been very much anticipated and shows the concentration, complexity and elegance we have come to expect.
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"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."
5 Stars & 98/100 Huon Hooke, The Real Review, February 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Very deep, concentrated, bright purple/red colour. The bouquet is exquisite with a multitude of black fruits, blueberry, cassis, violet and cedar aromas, and much more besides. The detail is outstanding, as is the intensity of the palate. It’s very concentrated and powerful, firmly-structured and has tremendous persistence. The tannins are firm and abundant and will help guarantee a long life, but they are ripe and accessible and the wine is already approachable."
97/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, February 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Coleraine is, perhaps, my favourite red wine produced south of the equator. This is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc produced from a warm year in Hawke’s Bay.
Exquisite perfume over purple silk sheets of dense tannin. Roll in them. Luxuriate in the quality on offer here, now, and for decades to come. Black fruit, raspberry coulis, sweet rolling tobacco, hazelnut, roses, nutmeg and paprika. It’s tightly packed, with a distinct ‘mineral’ feel to the acidity, concentrated but light on its feet. Dark chocolate and subtle leafy fragrance, long and powerful through the finish, with a deliciously adult walnut burr to close. Magnificent."
5 Stars & 98/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Undeniably well-crafted and impeccably styled, the wine exhibits cassis, dark cherry, cedar, violet and subtle tobacco characters on the nose with a light seasoning of warm spice. The palate offers outstanding concentration and multi-layered mouthfeel, combined with fabulous fruit purity and elegant oak undertones, leading to an impressively prolonged finish backed by seamlessly integrated chalky tannins. A wine of sublime sophistication and presence. A blend of 52% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot and 15% cabernet franc. At its best: 2026 to 2038."