Tasting Notes 1985
1985 Coleraine Cabernet/Merlot contains 25% Merlot and 3.5% Cabernet Franc and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon.
It is dark and deeply coloured, the intense, ripe liquorice-flavoured fruit and spicy, cedary oak is contained in an elegant fine, balanced structure.
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.5g/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.
'Te Mata Estate Coleraine has won well-deserved iconic status for a string of elegant and complex wines that first appeared in 1982, blazing a trail for others to follow.'Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, June 2018 All Reviews