• Coleraine ’18 – Huon Hooke, The Real Review, February 2020

    Coleraine ’18 – ‘Very deep, concentrated, bright purple/red colour. The bouquet is exquisite with a multitude of black fruits, blueberry, cassis, violet and cedar aromas, and much more besides. The detail is outstanding, as is the intensity of the palate. It’s very concentrated and powerful, firmly-structured and has tremendous persistence. The tannins are firm and abundant and will help guarantee a long life, but they are ripe and accessible and the wine is already approachable. (52% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot, 15% cabernet franc) 2023–2048.’

    98 Points ★★★★★

  • Vintage 2020 Just In & Looking Good

    2020 was simply perfect. With low rainfall and fabulous weather 2020 will go down in the history books as one of the best on record. In fact, according to Te Mata Estate CEO Nick Buck – this is the best in Te Mata’s history.

    Read the Technical Report from Te Mata’s Senior Winemaker Phil Brodie here

  • 2019 ‘Early, Easy & Exciting’

    2019 was a warm, dry, easy grape-growing season that has produced some of our most exciting results yet.

    Budbreak, flowering and veraison (colour change) were all early. December was warm, and January very warm, with 10 days around or just over 30 degrees.

    Good early soil moisture and warm temperatures created big grape canopies and great ripeness. Warm nights lead to very few dews or fogs, contributing to the luxury of this fairly relaxed harvest. Dry, settled weather enabled all blocks of grapes to be picked at ideal ripeness in a far more leisurely fashion than usual.

    Sauvignon blanc and chardonnay were picked between 14 and 22 March, well ripened and in superb condition. The young wines exhibit ripe stone fruit and citrus aromas and flavours and impressive palate weight.

    Soils continued to dry giving the vital stress conditions necessary to maximise colour, flavour and tannin concentration in the reds. These were picked almost every day from the 25 March until finishing on the 14 April. They already show excellent flavour, great colour and tannin.

    2019 is a very good vintage. We’re excited to get these out. Time will tell, but this could be one of our best.

    Download our full technical report from winemaker Peter Cowley here

  • Te Mata #liveatfive

    Each Friday during May 2020 we will be hosting InstagramLive tastings at 5pm. They will be held in different parts of the winery with winemakers and family members and start with the most releases. You can watch @temataestatewinery on Instagram or send questions ahead to events@temata.co.nz. All wines discussed are currently available online.

     

  • 2019 ‘Early. Easy & Exciting’

    2019 was a warm, dry, easy grape-growing season that has produced some of our most exciting results yet. We’re excited to get these out. Time will tell, but this could be one of our best.

    Spring
    Average winter rainfall and 100mm of rain early September ensured plenty of soil moisture going
    into the 2018/19 season. The rest of September, October and most of November were very dry.
    Around 100mm of rain fell on the 25th and 26th of November. Three mornings around zero degrees
    in both September and October were a worry but only slight frost damage occurred in one
    vineyard. November warmed up nicely and heat summation by the end of the month was average
    for spring.


    Budbreak was early as was flowering which was about 10 days early and finished by early
    December. Two cool days late November affected flowering in some chardonnay and merlot
    reducing the crop a little.


    Summer
    December was warm with many days around 25 degrees and a few closer to 30. Conditions were
    dry until 100mm of rain fell over Christmas wetting up soils. Soils were drying nicely and the driest
    parts of some vineyards were receiving irrigation when another 90mm of rain fell between the 14th
    and 16th of January. The rain events early to mid-summer were not ideal but they came with cooler
    weather, passed quickly and were followed by warm and dry conditions.


    No further rain fell in January and the month was very warm with 10 days around or just over 30
    degrees. Nights were warm. Heat summation for the year to the end of January was 90 degree days
    above average which is significant.


    Vineyard soils dried out quickly late January driven by favourable weather and big, healthy vine
    canopies. Veraison (colour change) was under way early in most blocks in the first week in
    February and strangely, was led by Syrah which is normally later than other varieties. February was
    very warm and dry until the 24th when a southerly storm produced 40mm of rain which dried out
    quickly in strong cool winds. By this time all shoot growth had stopped due to water stress and
    the drier vineyards needed irrigation.


    Autumn
    March began and ended with a few cooler days but most highs were a very warm 25 to 30 degrees
    and the only rain was 15mm from a few showers around the 9th of the month. We harvested
    Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay between the 14th and 22nd well ripened and in very good
    condition. Warm nights contributed to low malic acids in the grapes and reduced the number of
    dews we experienced. Soils continued to dry giving the vital stress conditions necessary to
    maximise colour, flavour and tannin concentration in red varieties. We noted some lovely flavours
    developing in Merlot grapes early, in the last week of March.


    April temperatures were variable with some cooler periods amongst warmer days and mild nights.
    It remained dry with only one showery day holding up picking. Red varieties were picked almost
    every day from the 25th of March until finishing on the 14th of April. The dry, settled weather
    enabled all blocks of grapes to be picked at ideal ripeness in a more leisurely fashion than is usual.


    Summary
    Vintage timing, all season ran 1-2 weeks ahead of our long term average. Crop levels were normal
    in size. Good early soil moisture and warmer than average temperatures created big grape canopies
    that promoted good ripeness and helped dry out soils after early summer rain. These rain events
    were too early for botrytis concerns and the small amount of rain later in the season was short in
    duration and dried quickly in favourable weather. Variously warm, cloudy or windy nights, mid
    and late season lead to very few light dews and no fogs contributing to the luxury of negligible
    botrytis pressure. Monthly heat summations were mostly above average with January being well
    above average. Between the mid-January rain and the end of picking in April only 70mm of rain
    fell which is less than half the long term average. 2019 was a warm and dry season. Apart from
    extra trimming of early season growth this was an easy grape growing season.


    White grapes were picked at good sugar levels and in very good condition. The young wines exhibit
    ripe stone fruit and citrus aromas and flavours and impressive palate weight.


    Red grapes were ripened to perfection and the wines show excellent flavour, colour and tannin.
    2019 is a very good vintage. Time will tell if it is amongst our best.


    Rainfall
    Sept 206mm, Oct 29mm, Nov 56mm, Dec 95mm, Jan 78mm, Feb 49mm, Mar 19mm, Apr 45mm


    Heat Summation
    1571 degree days to the end of April. 1513 to the last day of picking

    Download the full technical report from Senior Winemaker Peter Cowley here…

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