Tasting Notes 2002
Coleraine 2002 is a deep crimson colour with aromas of dried currants and spice. The palate shows rich flavours of dark plums, chocolate and bramble with an underpinning of cedar and coffee that flows through the long palate and firm tannin finish.
Coleraine 2002 is a blend of 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 36% Cabernet Franc. It will continue to develop in bottle for 8-12 years from harvest.
Coleraine 2002 is a wonderful partner to all the dishes that go with quality red wine. Ideally, it should be shared with friends who enjoy great company, great food and great wine.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.3g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The individual parcels of fruit were separately fermented in open-topped tanks to allow plunging of the cap. The resulting wines then underwent extended maceration on skins before racking and pressing off to barrel. During their time in barrel the wines were regularly topped and racked. The individual wines were blended in January 2003 and transferred to the 2nd year underground cellar for a further year of maturation. The final wine was egg-white fined and then bottled in late December 2003.
Coleraine 2002 is made from grapes that were hand harvested from Te Mata’s vineyards between the 25th March and the 22nd April 2002.
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.
'For those who have come to NZ wine through Marlborough sauvignon blanc and fruity Central Otago pinot noir, Coleraine is a revelation...'Steven Spurrier, Decanter UK, 2007 All Reviews