Tasting Notes 1995
Coleraine 1995 has a dark crimson/purple colour, an aroma of spice, liquorice and cedar, with a concentrated palate of rich, ripe berries and smoke with big, soft tannins.
Coleraine 1995 is a blend of 59% cabernet sauvignon, 34% merlot and 7% cabernet franc with the potential to develop in the bottle for 7-15 years from harvest.
It is a wonderful cellaring wine, and an ideal partner to meaningful celebrations and all red meats, well seasoned food and cheese.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.3g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The grapes were destemmed, crushed, given a plunged fermentation and extended maceration, were pressed and the wine run into new and used barrels for the nineteen months ageing, during which time it was topped, racked and egg-white fined. It was then bottled in December, 1996.
The grapes for Coleraine 1995 were hand harvested between the 3rd and the 13th 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.
'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