Right in its drinking window, the 2009 Coleraine is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, matured in mostly new French oak. Damp earth, cigar box, vanilla and cassis all appear on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate remains richly textured and velvety, finishing long, with a hint of dark chocolate. Where well-stored and sound of cork, it should drink well for another decade.
This historic estate in Hawke's Bay produces one of New Zealand's most collectible wines, Coleraine. A Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend, it has the ability to cellar and mature over two decades, as illustrated by the tasting note for the 2009. From the winery's library of back vintages, it's a terrific wine, with plenty of life ahead of it. The current-release 2018 looks even better, although I have a slight preference for the still-maturing 2013. Te Mata recently added a Pinot Noir to its lineup, and the 2019 Alma (the second vintage to be released) shows considerable potential. One of New Zealand's classic wineries, the quality remains top notch.
This is an awesome Bordeaux blend with light mint, flowers and dark fruits. Currants and slightly dried fruit. Full-bodied, with layers of ripe tannins and long, long finish. Still slightly chewy. Needs another three to four years to come around.
The hottest vintage - and the second driest - for a decade. It was an easy vintage without pressure thanks to a lengthy period of warm, dry weather. The resulting wine has pronounced ripe blackberry, cassis, vanilla and red rose flavours, gently restrained by bright acidity and fine, ripe tannins. Rich and weighty, it's an attractive and quite youthful wine that would clearly benefit from more bottle age. Drinking Window 2018 - 2028
Tasted by Bob Campbell MW (at Te Mata, Hawke's Bay, 08 Sep 2018)
Part of Te Mata Coleraine: Top wines from 1982 to 2016
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