TE MATA COLERAINE CABERNET / MERLOT / FRANC 2016
TE MATA COLERAINE CABERNET / MERLOT / FRANC 2016
"Coleraine is a beautiful wine, and I’d venture that it’s New Zealand’s Grange equivalent"
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
- Product Code: 4801
- Country: New Zealand
- Region: Hawkes Bay
- Style: Red
- Variety: Cabernet / Merlot Blend
- Closure: Cork
- Unit: Each
- Volume: 750ml
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Grape: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
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, Merlot and Cabernet Franc red has been made since 1982 and regularly attracts near-perfect ratings. 2016 has proved to be another very good vintage in the Bay so this, the 36th, 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."
97/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, March 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"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."
5 Stars & 97/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, March 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."
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+."
5 Stars & 18.5+/20 Raymond Chan, March 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Full, dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour. The nose is softly full and elegantly presented with well-packed and dense aromas of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit along with dark herb and mineral notes. Some ethereal black florals, and complexing savoury black olive and nutty oak notes unfold with aeration lending detail. Medium-full bodied, the flavours are bold, up-front and show intensity, with a tightly bound heart, showing ripe dark-red and blackberry fruit, along with blackcurrant notes, dark-red plums and a layering of dark herbs. The fruit is elegantly rich and sweet, and is enlivened by a fine acid edge. The fruit is supported by considerable fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction lending serious structure. The wine carries to an elegant, refreshing, lingering finish. This is a more elegant ‘Coleraine’ with black fruits and plenty of structure and finesse. 10 years easily. Hand-picked fruit, a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 70% new French oak barrels."