Coleraine '11

Coleraine Magnum '15

Perfect for cellaring - or an incredible gift - a small number of Coleraine Magnums are bottled and made available for a short time whenever Coleraine is made. (Like all our special offers Magnums are sold at a fixed price and not eligible for discount.)

$260.00/ bottle

Tasting Notes 2011

Coleraine ’11 has a deep crimson colour with intense aromas of blackberry syrup, espresso, marzipan, and dried roses. The palate has a concentrated core of perfectly ripe blackcurrants, with layers of damson plums and chocolate leading to long, powerful, tannins and refreshing acidity. 

The final blend is 72% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, and 6% cabernet franc. Closed with a natural cork that will allow Coleraine ’11 to continue to evolve in bottle and provide great enjoyment up to 15 years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.70
Total acidity as tartaric: 6g/l
Alcohol: 13%
Residual sugar: Dry

Winemaking

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 18 months’ maturation. Throughout this time, they were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2012, then egg white fined during their second winter in barrel. The finished wine was then bottled in December 2012.

Vineyards

Coleraine ’11 was hand harvested from separate plots within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 1 and 23 April 2011.

Origin

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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'Blackish hued red, with good depth, the edge a little lighter. This has a full, rich and ripe bouquet, full of sweet, blackcurrants and blackberry fruit aromas. Secondary elements showing now. Very fulsome, almost robust. A wine of power, density and concentration on the palate, with full dark fruits, robustly expressed and well-matched by the sturdy structure. Power with richness for this wine, which while lacking the refinement of the 1991, has its character from the muscular componentry. This will live another decade easily.' 19.5/20
Raymond Chan, 2008 Vertical Coleraine Tasting, '82 - '06 All Reviews