• Merlot/Cabernets 2019

    Te Mata Estate – ‘Te Mata justly lays claim to being the oldest commercial winery in New Zealand. They also produce two of the nation’s iconic wines, the Coleraine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc that exhibits the best characteristics of a stylish Bordeaux with ample New World power and exuberance, and the rich and elegant Elston Chardonnay. The intense and structured Te Mata Bullnose Syrah is a personal favourite, as is their light and refreshing Gamay Noir. ‘

    Shine, John H. Isacs, Shanghai, September 2020 Featuring: Zara 2018, Syrah 2019, Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Merlot/Cabernets 2019, Gamay Noir 2020, Elston 2018, Coleraine 2018, Bullnose 2018, Awatea 2018, Alma 2019
  • Syrah 2009 Review

    ‘A ripe, assertive nose with blackcurrant, raspberry leaf, bay leaf and wild strawberry. The palate is medium-bodied, with a supple, very harmonious finish with a dash of white pepper. Lovely.’ 90 points

    Neil Martin, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Issue #191, 2010 Featuring: Syrah 2009

    ‘Another steal. Fresh, floral and spicy with excellent depth of plum and black pepper flavours, it has a pinot noir-ish charm and drinkability.’ ★★★★

    Michael Cooper, New Zealand Listener, March 2011 Featuring: Syrah 2009
  • Syrah 2011 Reviews

    ‘Made by co-fermenting syrah, estate-grown and hand picked in Hawke’s Bay, with a splash of viognier. French oak-aged for 13 months, it is ruby-hued, with a fragrant, peppery bouquet. A lighter style than usual, with fresh plums and spice.’

    Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013 Featuring: Syrah 2011

    ‘Beautiful aromatics – lavender, allspice and succulent red fruit. If this is what syrah is in New Zealand, start planting folks.’

    Bill Zacharkiw, The Montreal Gazette, January 11, 2013 Featuring: Syrah 2011

    ‘Te Mata Estate – Four stars out of four. Grand and prestigious. Especially good within it’s price range.’

    Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2014 Featuring: Bullnose 2010, Awatea 2010, Cape Crest 2011, Chardonnay 2010, Coleraine 2010, Elston 2011, Gamay Noir 2012, Merlot/Cabernets 2010, Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Syrah 2011
  • Syrah 2013 Reviews

    ‘Fruity, accessible Syrah with red berry, plum and black pepper flavours plus a hint of floral character and a suggestion of fresh herbs. Great value at this price. 93 points. 4.5 stars.’

    Bob Campbell MW, Bob Campbell Wine Reviews Featuring: Syrah 2013

    ‘This was the best vintage ever in the Hawkes Bay. Wonderful fresh fruit and the palate is quite silky-smooth. It’s satisfying and pleasurable with a long finish and no hard edges.’

    Sam Kim, The New Zealand Herald, 2015 Featuring: Syrah 2013

    ‘Beautiful aromatics here – lavender, allspice, and succulent red fruit. So fresh and juicy. If this is what syrah is in New Zealand, start planting.’

    Bill Zacharkiw, Wine Align, April 2015 Featuring: Syrah 2013

    ‘This is excellent. Pure fruit aromas of blueberry and dark plum with subtle spice and floral notes. The palate is juicy and elegant with silky mouthfeel, backed by fine tannins. The wine shows wonderful balance and harmony together with perfectly ripe fruit flavours.’ 91 points

    Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, 2014 Featuring: Syrah 2013

    ‘Co-fermented with a small amount of Viognier and aged 10 months in new and seasoned French oak. Very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red with a black heart. Aromas of black plums, cracked black pepper, violet floral perfumes and spices, the fruit pure and intense. Medium-bodied, the fruit expression is tight and restrained, with a gentle density.’ 18/20 ★★★★

    Raymond Chan, Raymond Chan Wine Review – Te Mata Estate Showcase Summary, 2014 Featuring: Syrah 2013

    ‘Classy, characterful syrah. With a dusting of oak, sensuous plummy fruit plus a rhônesque cracked black-pepper and violet bouquet, this is a must.’

    The Times, London, July 2015 Featuring: Syrah 2013

    ‘Delicious Hawke’s Bay Syrah. Juicy plum and boysenberry fruit and aromatics of rose incense, black pepper and exotic spice.’

    Jo Burzynska, The New Zealand Herald, June 2014 Featuring: Syrah 2013
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