The Te Mata vineyards date back to 1892 with John Buck acquiring the rundown winery and vineyards in 1978 and kick-starting Hawkes Bay’s modern era. Coleraine is Te Mata’s icon and the 2015 is worthy of its pre-eminence. A typical Medoc blend of 54% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot and 10% cabernet franc, Coleraine is aged in 70% new French oak initially, as its varietal components with a further year in barrel as the final blend. It exudes violets, perfectly ripe blackcurrants, mocha and cedarwood. The palate is profound with intense dark berry fruits, hints of chocolate, marzipan, roasted coffee. A swathe of fine-grained tannins carry the finish of this classic ’claret’. Drink from 2020 and beyond.
GT WINE Magazine, August/September 2017