Tasting Notes 1982
1982 Coleraine Cabernet/Merlot contains 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot. Hand harvested between 7 April and 12 April, 1982 Coleraine has a saturated magenta colour and an aroma of spicy cedar and syrupy blackcurrants. The palate repeats the intense blackcurrant fruit notes and has a ripe and even but firm tannin structure.
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.7g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
Coleraine derives its name from the Coleraine vineyard, home of John and Wendy Buck of Te Mata Estate. John’s late grandfather came from Coleraine in Northern Ireland and the name has been maintained through the family properties 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.
“I conjectured whether this is New Zealand’s greatest wine? Well, let me put it this way, it is the frontrunner… a complex, intellectual entity that rewards long term cellaring year after year.”Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2008 All Reviews