• Andrew Graham MW, Australian Wine Review: ‘NZ First Growth’ September 2018

    ‘Coleraine is one of the few NZ wines that I have multiple bottles of in the cellar. A wine that is every bit New Zealand’s ‘First Growth’, with a history that dates all the way back to 1896 and a reputation for unwavering consistency.

    Named after the original vineyard planted to the same proportions as Chateau Margaux, Coleraine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Before 1989 it was a single vineyard wine, after that a blend of grapes from across the Te Mata Estate vineyards.

    For this vertical, the wines were all either purchased at auction (with some bottles topped up if necessary) or from the wine program cellars and checked before the tasting at Te Mata Estate. That attention to detail meant that there were no bad wines in this vertical. Just glory. Please world, make every vertical like this.

    Notes are as written on the day and we went through the wines v. quickly so they’re pretty rough impressions. Still, there is no disguising the pleasure of so many of the wines here. Hawke’s Bay goes to Bordeaux indeed.

    Personally, I prefer the moderate years, the best wines are so varietal yet they’re ripe and layered too. Sometimes large verticals are a chore and you find yourself stuck in a trough when winemaking fashions change. But this collection was punctuated with pleasurable wines so regularly that it was a joy.’

    Coleraine ’16
    95 Points

    Less ripeness, more coiled power. Reminds of the composure of the ’14. Bound up in oak but the kicker is the acid feels natural. More elegance and a real perfect smoothness here. Really generous in its round appeal and seamless tannins. Very fine. One of the best.

    Read the full article here… 

  • Coleraine Vertical 1982-2016 with Air New Zealand: Rockpool Sydney August 2018

    This month Air New Zealand showed two vertical collections of Te Mata Estate wines at exclusive events in Australia. The first was a twenty-five year vertical of Bullnose Syrah in Melbourne, the second a thirty-five year Coleraine vertical served at Rockpool in Sydney. Promoted as ‘one of the most historic tastings of two of New Zealand’s greatest wines’ this was a rare, and invite-only, chance to taste collections seldom seen on the international market.

    A perrenial part of the Fine Wines of New Zealand, Bullnose and Coleraine have both been selected by a panel of judges since the programme began. A vertical of Coleraine was prevsiouly used to benchmark the inital judging of New Zealand’s finest wines. 

    Comments by Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh from The Wine Front on specific vintages have already been uploaded to the reviews and wine sections of this site. All new review material will be linked to here shortly.

  • ‘Know When to Hold ’em’ – Bob Campbell MW on Coleraine and Ageing NZ Wines

    ‘Take for example Te Mata Estate Coleraine – this highly collectable red is snapped up every year it is released.’

    Want to age that bottle, but don’t know how to store it? Or for how long? This month in Kia Ora Magazine, Bob Campbell MW writes about ageing New Zealand reds and tasting an older Coleraine:

    ‘Anyone who has held on to a special wine for a long time faces the dilemma of when to open it. I was asked about this by a friend who had stored a magnum of Te Mata Estate Coleraine 2000 since he bought it 16 years ago. It is a robust blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc.

    My heart sank slightly when he told me he’d stored it in the garage. “It’s quite cool,” he added. Variable storage temperatures cause wines to leak past the cork allowing air to enter the bottle. You can get an idea of how well an old wine has been stored by standing the bottle upright and looking at the gap between the cork and wine level. If the gap is less than 10mm there’s every chance it will be fine. As the level drops so do your chance of tasting good wine.

    Corks vary considerably too and, as a result, so does the wine in each bottle. There was a possibility poor storage or a dodgy cork had allowed by friend’s Coleraine to spoil. I suggested the wine be opened and enjoyed as soon as possible. We set a date for dinner.

    There was an air of anticipation among the dinner guests. We could be tasting a great wine, but we might be sipping vinegar. The wine level was perfect, raising hopes. A crumbly cork had our host worried, but the cork chips were easily removed with a tea strainer.

    The wine was better than I’d dared to expect. Age had given it a silken texture. It was a peacock’s tail of flavours – delicate berry and floral characters with oriental spices, cigar box, old leather and a hint of nutty oak.

    Our latest Cellaring Guide is available online, as well as our recommended storage protocols…

  • Te Mata Estate wine selection served at Dinner for Former President Obama …

    Te Mata Estate was proud to serve our wines at an exclusive dinner for former US President Barack Obama. Te Mata’s CEO Nick Buck attended the event, where Bullnose Syrah and Elston Chardonnay were poured. The wines were among a small group chosen for the event, selected to promote New Zealand’s finest – run by event co-organisers Air New Zealand.

    “It’s a great endorsement for New Zealand wine as a whole but Hawke’s Bay in particular, and the wonderful wines we grow in this region. When people select the very best of New Zealand wine, so often they end up coming to Hawke’s Bay. I think he’s come to represent an America that was very outward looking and inclusive, and extremely diplomatic in its world standing. He did tremendous thing for global trade, global peace and prosperity.”

    The dinner’s MC is poet laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh, an award Te Mata Estate established in 1997.

    Read the full article here… 

  • 2018 ‘Vintage Dynamite’

    With an exceptionally warm, classic, long summer – Vintage 2018 gave us an explosion of flavour and colour!

    Read the technical report from Senior Winemaker Peter Cowley here

  • Meet Selina Tusitala Marsh – New Zealand’s Newest Poet Laureate

    ‘In a role established by Te Mata Estate winery, New Zealand’s latest Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh has accepted her new post with – what else? – a poem.

    The prestigious two-year post was announced in a surprise ceremony on Friday night at the tail end of the launch of her new poetry collection, Tightrope. Tusitala Marsh gave a nod to her mother, who came to New Zealand from Samoa speaking no English, as well as the recent controversy regarding Labour leader Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy plans.

    “I accept this award on behalf of Pasifika peoples/whose brown faces/aspire to higher places,” she said.

    Earlier, Tusitala Marsh – an academic and strong advocate for Pasifika poetry and literature – said the role of Laureate was “breath-giving”. She wrote her first poem – about nuclear fallout – at the age of 12. It was published in Grapevine magazine. “I remember walking through Avondale and someone came up to me and said, ‘I loved your poem’,” she said.

    Marsh wrote and performed a poem for the Queen at the Commonwealth Day Observance last year. “At 12 I thought, this was an amazing way to share your thoughts with the world.” Tusitala Marsh is now an associate professor and lectures at the University of Auckland, specialising in Māori and Pacific Literary Studies and Creative Writing.

    She described poetry as “the power of articulation. It’s the power to be able to embody language and connect with other people.” The Waiheke Island-based poet published her first collection, Fast Talking PI, in 2009. In 2010 she won both the NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry, and Best First Book at the New Zealand Book Awards.

    Each laureate receives $80,000 over two years from the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa to create new work and promote poetry throughout the country. Tusitala Marsh says while she would not do anything “remarkably” different, the award would allow her to take poetry to “some pretty impressive spaces”.

    “I talk about ‘unpoeted’ spaces, where it doesn’t usually have a space or is heard or made,” she said.

    She was also given a carved tokotoko, or orator’s stick, symbolising her authority and status. Tusitala Marsh said the post was a “wonderful opportunity to extend the poetic page and stage to this nation’s multi-coloured, multi-hued voices. “To be recognised in this way is breath-taking. To occupy the role is breath-giving – I can’t wait to take the Laureate’s tokotoko to the people and make poetry.”

    New Zealand’s first poet Laureate was Bill Manhire in 1996 and the outgoing Laureate for 2015-17 is C.K Stead.’

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