Since the first vintage release, from 1982 Coleraine has created an international reputation for excellence. That reputation has extended over a succession of 21 vintages to this, the 2003 release.
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. The unique qualities of these vineyards were demonstrated, to a greater degree than ever before, in 2003. Untouched by the spring frosts that destroyed much of Hawkes Bay’s wine harvest, these sites have proved their worth once again.
Coleraine 2003 was hand picked between the 15th April and the 1st May 2003. The individual parcels of fruit were separately fermented and underwent extended maceration on skins before pressing off to barrel. The resulting wines were blended in January 2004 and transferred to the second year cellar for further maturation. The final wine was egg-white fined and then bottled in late December 2004.
Coleraine 2003 is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot with a dense, dark crimson colour and aromas of blackberry, violet and anise. The palate is rich with chocolate, currant and coffee flavours, and ripe powdery tannins that build across the palate leading to a sustained, elegant finish.
Coleraine 2003 will continue to develop in bottle for 10-15 years from harvest. It is a wonderful partner to everything that goes with quality red wine - great company, great food and great conversation.
Technical Analysis at bottling:
Total acidity as tartaric 5.7gpl
Residual Sugar (Dry)
Bottle Barcode 9418953107034
“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