Tasting Notes 1996
Coleraine Cabernet/Merlot 1996 is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Franc, and has a development potential in bottle of 7-12 years from harvest.
Coleraine Cabernet/Merlot 1996 has a dark red colour with a purple edge, with an aroma of ripe blackberries, vanilla and hints of licorice leading to a sustained palate showing fine grained tannins.
Coleraine Cabernet/Merlot 1996 is wonderful with venison, beef, lamb and cheese.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.9g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
Following destemming and crushing, the grapes were transferred to 8 and 10 tonne fermenters for a traditional warm and hand plunged fermentation, followed by extended maceration, pressing and racking to barrel. There the wine remained for nineteen months, for topping, racking, blending and egg white fining, prior to bottling in December 1997.
Coleraine Cabernet/Merlot 1996 was made from grapes hand-harvested between the 9th and 24th 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