'New Zealand’s First Growth. Many critics consider Coleraine up there with the best Bordeaux blends in the world. The original intention may have been to mirror the top Cru Classé but, today, Coleraine has evolved its own style.'
'A Wine Legend - the most avidly collected of New Zealand red wines.'
BULLNOSE '14 - TOP 50 WINES OF THE WORLD 2016 'This is an absolute beauty!' 96 Points
'If there was Kiwi wine aristocracy, Te Mata would be it. Nestled in the foothills of the Te Mata heritage zone, they make some of the best wines in the country. Independent, family-owned, exclusively Hawke's Bay, and committed to making premium wine on site.'
'New Zealand’s Grange equivalent, only Coleraine comes from one place, is much cheaper, and to my tastes, is significantly better and more interesting.' 96+ Points
COLERAINE '14 - TOP 50 WINES OF THE WORLD 2016 'Stylish modern cabernet that could compete with the best from any continent.'
'The country’s most iconic wine label.'
'The legendary cabernet sauvignon and merlot blend of NZ. New Zealand’s Sassicaia.'
'After completing a vertical of Coleraine, I witness a couple of tasters undergo their Te Mata epiphany...'
'For those who have come to NZ wine through Marlborough sauvignon blanc and fruity Central Otago pinot noir, Coleraine is a revelation...'
'My benchmark. I’ve had every vintage of Coleraine the Buck family have made, from the inaugural 1982 to the current 2015. Te Mata Estate is the standard by which every other wine producer could be judged. The full range of styles has always been impeccable.'
Coleraine - '...New Zealand's Greatest Red Wine...'
Awatea '15- "Ripeness and oak is played to perfection." 94 points
Coleraine '15 - "Top 50 wines of the world. Smooth resolve, all class... Balanced now but there's more to come. This will fill out nicely." 96 points
Elston '15 - 'Full and vivid. Exciting New World wine with an Old World sensibility.' 94 points
Estate Vineyards Syrah '15 - 'A resounding sense of fluidity and polish.' 92 points
Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir '17 - ' A bright strawberry-infused gamay with plenty of attractive fresh fruit fragrance, it has a lightness and crunchy, open weave appeal. All fun, no fuss.' 90 points
Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc '16 ★★★★1/2 - 'An appealingly ethereal texture, with good weight and richness.' 93/100
Coleraine '15 ★★★★★ - 'Rich, concentrated and velvety red...an impressively layered wine with a lengthy finish.' 97/100
Awatea Cabernets/Merlot '15 ★★★★★ - 'Very elegant red with a great texture and dense, concentrated floral, berry and subtle oak flavours... a serious red at a frivolous price.' 95/100
Bullnose Syrah '16 ★★★★★ - 'It has wonderful density and a seductively velvet texture... the wine will age very well indeed.' 96/100
Elston Chardonnay '16 ★★★★1/2 - 'A concentrated chardonnay in a tight and tangy style.' 94/100
Estate Vineyards Syrah '16 ★★★★ - 'Fruit-focused with slightly gripped tannins although they should mellow with a little bottle age.' 90/100
Zara Viognier '16 ★★★★★ - 'An impressive wine with fully ripe flavours (seldom achieved in this country) and freshness from tangy acidity.' 95/100
Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets '16 ★★★★ - 'An accessible well-made red that's worth drinking now and over the next few years.' 90/100
Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir '17- 'A ripe, robust number for summer parties or even the Christmas turkey.' 90 points
Awatea '16 ★★★★★ - 'Delectable. Overdelivering for the price.' 95 points
Bullnose '16 ★★★★★- 'Silky texture and flowing mouthfeel, elegantly framed by polished tannins. A magnificent syrah as always. Outstanding.' 96 points
Cape Crest '16 ★★★★★- 'Vibrant, elegant and attractively fragrant... promising to evolve gracefully.' 94 points
Coleraine '16 ★★★★★- 'Perfect line, length and balance. This superstar label delivers precision, purity and poise with this latest offering.' 97points
Elston '16 ★★★★★- 'A beautifully styled chardonnay. This is a great Elston.' 95 points
Awatea '16 ★★★★- 'The palate is elegant and taut with fine concentration of blackberry, blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit, along with hints of leaf and red florals. Good linearity, and carries to a fragrant red-fruited finish.' 18/20
Bullnose Syrah '16 ★★★★★- 'Wonderfully balanced with fine-grained tannin structure supporting the fruit, along with delicate acidity. The fruit opulence carries the wine to a very long, lingering finish.' 19.5/20
Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc '17 ★★★★- 'Good depth and mouthfilling, with a palate enlivened by bright acidity.' 18/20
Estate Vineyards Chardonnay '16 ★★★★- 'Fruit richness is enlivened by bright acidity lending a lively mouthfeel and plenty of energy to drive. Bright and fresh chardonnay.' 18/20
Coleraine '16 ★★★★★- 'Medium-full bodied, the flavours are bold, up-front and show intensity, with a tightly bound heart, showing ripe dark-red and blackberry fruit, along with blackcurrant notes, dark-red plums and a layering of dark herbs. This is a more elegant Coleraine with black fruits and plenty of structure and finesse.' 18.5+/20
Elston '16 ★★★★★- 'Fruit succulence is balanced by very fine phenolic textures and fresh acidity. Excellent energy and vitality, carrying a taut, sustained finish.' 19.5-/20
Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir '17 ★★★- Bright and aromatic bubble gum, fermentation esters, red cherry fruit, with strawberry and raspberry elements and confectionary. Light tannin textures and zesty, crisp acidity carrying the fruit.' 16.5+/20
Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets '16- 'With lacy acidity, the wine carries to a long, lingering finish. A wine of good fruit presence.' 17.5+/20
Estate Vineyards Syrah '17 ★★★- 'Elegant in presentation, showing primary raspberry fruit, white pepper and red florals and spice.' 16.6+/20
Estate Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc '17 ★★★★- Very fresh and bright with aromas of pungent passionfruit and nettles and a minerally edge. Mouthwatering, with nettles, cut-grass and fresh herbs, subtle passionfruit notes and pin-point acidity.' 17+/20
Awatea '15- 'Delivers all the classic notes of a blended Bordeaux-style red.' 92/100
Bullnose '15- 'A wonderfully fragrant, medium-bodied wine. Always of the region's most aromatic syrahs.'
Cape Crest '16- 'Grilled nectarine and citrus make for a striking nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is ripe and rounded yet lively, featuring a long, tart, grapefruity finish accentuated by classy hints of pencil shavings.' 92/100
Cape Crest '15- 'It's flavorful without being flamboyant, a discrete dinner companion with a lingering presence on the citrus and wet stone finish.' 93/100
Coleraine '15- 'Fragrant as always, hinting at violets, tobacco and cassis, it's also a broad-shouldered vintage, with substantial power and tannin. The oak is beautifully integrated into the wine already, appearing as classy Pauillac-like pencil shavings on the lengthy finish.' 93/100
Elston '15- 'Ripe stone fruit, hints of pencil shavings and a fine line of citrus that prolongs the finish, all rolled into a medium to full-bodied wine with a definite sense of grace and style.' 93/100
Elston '16- 'Bright, citrusy beams of fruit shine on the long, elegant finish.' 92/100
Coleraine '16- 'A head-spinning array of violet, red and black fruits, gentle spiced biscuit oak, olive and lead pencil. It’s medium-bodied, succulent, yet firm, with toothsome tannin, a beautiful mouth-perfume, black tea and small just ripe berries, and a finish where freshness, vibrancy and tannin push the wine very long. A classic vintage, stunning wine, precision.' 97 points