Tasting Notes 1999
1999 Coleraine Cabernet/Merlot has a dark ruby colour, aromas of black olives, licorice, herbs and wood smoke with a palate showing the same spicy, complex characters and a long, firm finish.
1999 Coleraine Cabernet/Merlot is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. It will continue to develop in bottle for 7-10 years from harvest.
It is a natural partner to casseroles, roasted and grilled meats, cheese, pasta and delicatessen meats.
Total aciditiy as tartaric: 5.5g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The grapes were destemmed and crushed, underwent a warm, plunged fermentation and were then macerated on skins for an extended period. Following pressing and malolactic fermentation, the individual wines were aged in 225 litre French oak casks for nineteen months. During this time the wines were periodically topped and racked, then blended and egg white fined.
The grapes for Coleraine Cabernet/Merlot 1999 were hand harvested between the 24th March and the 8th April.
Coleraine derives its name from the Coleraine vineyard, home of John and Wendy Buck of Te Mata Estate. John’s late grandfather came from Coleraine in Northern Ireland and the name has been maintained through the family properties 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.
“I conjectured whether this is New Zealand’s greatest wine? Well, let me put it this way, it is the frontrunner… a complex, intellectual entity that rewards long term cellaring year after year.”Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2008 All Reviews