Reds have been fermented and now heading to barrel
‘Te Mata Estate’s Coleraine is a New Zealand national treasure. Since its first vintage in 1982, Coleraine has been a benchmark for Cabernet-centric reds made in New Zealand, with a remarkable track record for high quality and age-worthiness. Consistency of quality and style – silky textures, savory-and-sweet fruit balance, and lively acidity – have been the hallmarks since day one.
Te Mata Coleraine is an ever-evolving wine, as its vineyards mature and small refinements are made to winemaking. Phil Brodie and the Buck family are tasked with keeping this legendary New Zealand wine estate on track and there is no reason that they won’t.’
A single Coleraine bottle from 1982 sold for $760 at auction this week. The highest price we’ve seen for a Coleraine yet. The Webb’s Auction topped last years record of $650.
Coleraine ’82 was $12.50NZD on release.
‘Last stop, the historic Te Mata. Historic is not an exaggeration is the oldest viticultural reality in the country, on a government-protected area with vineyards over 130 years old, set up on the hills. the cultivation is organic, favoured by sun exposure in dry soils. in total, 30 thousand cases (of 12 bottles) that reach 45 countries “with all the problems of such a fragmentation,” explains chief executive and co-counsel Nick Buck.
Te Mata was the first company to sell wine when the others were just doing it for the mass. “In our model,” he says, “we don’t plan on having restaurants and resorts. We want focus on the product.” Also here, mini fermentations are the norm, to choose between different ingredients and give complexity to the wine. Labels like Syrah Bullnose Traingle, below Gimblett and cooler), and the Bordeaux style Awatea and Coleraine (from Havelock Hills, clay and sand) are stunning, dense, elegant.’
– Alessandro Torcoli, February 2020 Civilta del bere
With an exceptionally warm, classic, long summer – Vintage 2018 gave us an explosion of flavour and colour!
At the start of March we started picking chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. Continued sunshine gave us the chance to keep ripening our reds right through until 20 April. The reds have incredibly deep colours and ripe, round, tannins, and the whites are already looking very fresh with intense, ripe flavours. Try the Estate Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc ’18 to see the result!
Coleraine ’18 – ‘Very deep, concentrated, bright purple/red colour. The bouquet is exquisite with a multitude of black fruits, blueberry, cassis, violet and cedar aromas, and much more besides. The detail is outstanding, as is the intensity of the palate. It’s very concentrated and powerful, firmly-structured and has tremendous persistence. The tannins are firm and abundant and will help guarantee a long life, but they are ripe and accessible and the wine is already approachable. (52% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot, 15% cabernet franc) 2023–2048.’
98 Points ★★★★★