Coleraine '95

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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.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.62
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.3g/l
Alcohol: 13%
Residual sugar: Dry  

Winemaking

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.

Vineyards

The grapes for Coleraine 1995 were hand harvested between the 3rd and the 13th April.

Origin

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.

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'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