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Coleraine '09

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Tasting Notes 2009

Coleraine ’09 has a saturated magenta colour with concentrated aromas of
blackcurrants, spice and dark old fashioned roses. The palate opens with the
dense sweet dark berry fruits indicative of a great year. The focus quickly turns
to rich fine tannins that fill the mouth, leaving a lasting impression of a wine of
significant ageing ability.

Coleraine ’09 will be considered amongst the greatest Coleraines.

A blend of 52% cabernet sauvignon, 43% merlot, and 5% cabernet franc, it will
continue to develop in bottle and provide great enjoyment up to 15 years from

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.56
Total acidity as tartaric: 6g/l
Alcohol: 14%
Residual sugar: Dry


Each parcel of grapes was destemmed before a traditional warm, plunged fermentation and extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were then run to predominantly new French oak barrels for 20 months’ maturation. Throughout this time, they were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2010, then egg white fined during their second winter in barrel. The finished wine was then bottled in December 2010.


Coleraine ’09 was hand harvested between 18 March and 14 April 2009 from separate plots within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards.


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.

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“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