Tasting Notes 1990
1990 Coleraine Cabernet/Merlot has a deep ruby colour, a spicy aroma comprising vanilla, ripe black cherries and blackberries and an elegant, rich palate.
1990 Coleraine Cabernet/Merlot is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. It will continue to develop in bottle from 9-12 years from harvest.
The wine is an ideal accompaniment to full flavoured meat dishes, hard or blue cheeses and seasoned Mediterranean foods.
Total acidity as tartaric: 6g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The grapes were destemmed and crushed before a warm, plunged fermentation and extended maceration on skins. After pressing and malolactic fermentation the resulting individual wines were aged in French oak barriques. The wines were periodically topped and racked over 19 months then blended and egg-white fined.
The grapes for this wine were hand harvested between the 6th and 27th April.
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