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Coleraine '14

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'TOP 50 WINES OF THE WORLD'  James Suckling

From an outstanding growing season, coupled with Te Mata Estate’s 120-year winemaking legacy, Coleraine ’14 is testament to the quality of the 2014 vintage.
With an immediate perfume of violets and dark roses, Coleraine ’14 reveals sublime concentration, drive and complexity. Deep, floral fruit, rolling waves of ripe berries, cassis, mocha and cedar-spice instantly evoke the grandeur and charm of classic cabernet. Coleraine ’14 is luxurious, contemporary and monumental; unfurling with air and time to reveal an impeccable level of detail and integration. Evolution in a glass.

★★★★★  'More than lives up to its stellar reputation'  Bob Campbell MW

Technical Analysis
pH: 3.53
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.8g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
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 predominately new French oak barrels for 17 months’ maturation. Throughout this time, they were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2015 then egg white fined during their second winter in barrel. The finished wine was then bottled in December 2015.
The final blend is 60% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot and 12% cabernet franc.

Vineyards
Coleraine ’14 was hand harvested from separate plots within Te Mata’s vineyards between 27 March and 11 April.

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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Coleraine '14 - 'Dark. ruby-tinged red. Perfumed scents of cassis, crushed raspberry, bay leaf, tobacco leaf and curry powder. Boasts excellent intensity and thrust but still youthfully dumb and clenched in the mid-palate. Bu this wine boasts terrific depth to its flavors of dark berries, flowers and spices. With a firm spine of ripe tannin's, this wine has the structure to support a long and graceful evolution in bottle.' 91+ points
Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, February 2016 All Reviews