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.
'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.'Andy Howard MW, Decanter, 2016 All Reviews