Tasting Notes 1983
The 1983 Coleraine was very impressive on release and became an iconic New Zealand red wine regularly selling at Auction for over $150.00 (well over 5 times its release price).
There is very little in circulation these days so interest has moved to otherwines, but it is still drinking very well, showing lovely mature claret characters of currants and olives and retaining good fruit sweetness.
1983 was a strong El Nino year. The spring was very dry and windy and leadon to a warm and very dry summer. The red wines had great colour and intensity and were very slow developers.
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.
'After completing a vertical of Coleraine, I witness a couple of tasters undergo their Te Mata epiphany...'Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, USA, May 2008 All Reviews