Tasting Notes 2007
Coleraine ‘07 has a saturated crimson colour. The aroma shows perfectly ripe blackcurrant fruit with ﬂ oral notes, leading into cherry stone and cocoa powder. The palate is intense with layers of ripe dark fruit, chocolate, marzipan, roasted coffee and rich, ﬁne tannins.
Coleraine ‘07 is a blend of 52% cabernet sauvignon, 14% cabernet franc and
34% merlot. It will continue to develop in bottle and provide great enjoyment
between 8 to 18 years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.7g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The grapes were destemmed before undergoing a traditional warm, plunged fermentation with extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were run to predominantly new French oak barrels for 20 months’ maturation. Throughout this time, the barrels were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2008, then egg white ﬁ ned during the second winter in barrel. The ﬁnished wine was bottled in January 2009.
The grapes for Coleraine ‘07 were hand-harvested from their separate plots
within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 4 and 24 April 2007.
Coleraine derives its name from the Coleraine vineyard, home of John and Wendy Buck of Te Mata Estate. John’s late grandfather was born in Coleraine in Northern Ireland and the name has been maintained through the family home 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