Tasting Notes 2008
Coleraine ’08 has a deep magenta colour with lifted aromas of roses, blackcurrant syrup and dark chocolate. The palate shows great intensity with assertive dark fruit flavours, espresso and spice underpinned by firm tannins giving structure to the long finish.
Coleraine ’08 is a blend of 53% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot, and 19%
cabernet franc. It will continue to develop in bottle and provide great enjoyment
between 6 and 12 years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.2g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
These individual parcels of grapes were destemmed before a traditional warm, plunged fermentation and extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were then run to predominantly new French oak barrels for 20 months’ maturation. Throughout this time, they were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2009, then egg white fined during their second winter in barrel. The finished wine was then bottled in December 2009.
The grapes for Coleraine ’08 were hand harvested from their separate plots within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 29 March and 4 April 2008.
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