Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

Coleraine ’20 – Unbelievably good. Young, but the potential is overwhelmingly potent. Floral, nutty, intense small-berried fruit, cedar, anise and sweet herb. Tight, medium-bodied, so concentrated, but light too, ultra-mineral, fresh, all the gravel and tense cabernet feel, but with perfume unlocked: so flagrant and fragrant. The length is superb. I’m taken aback by the beauty and essence-like nature of this wine. My precious. Easily one of the best wines I’ve tasted in the last decade.’ 98+ Points

Huon Hooke, The Wine Front

Coleraine ’20 – ‘Very deep, bold, bright purple/red colour, the aromas similarly impressive for their concentration and vibrancy. The wine is superconcentrated and loaded with drying, savoury tannins that add a smidgin of bitterness that helps cleanse the aftertaste, which is formidably long. A sensational cabernet blend, gorgeously flavoured and perfumed, profound and lingering. It has the intensity and structure to age longterm. The patient will be handsomely rewarded.’ 97 Points ★★★★★

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Andy Howard MW, Decanter

‘New Zealand’s First Growth. Many critics consider Coleraine up there with the best Bordeaux blends in the world. The original intention may have been to mirror the top Cru Classé but, today, Coleraine has evolved its own style.’

Sam Kim, WineOrbit

Zara ’18 – Elegantly opulent and varietally expressive with rich texture and bright acidity, leading to a lingering delicious finish. This is outstanding.

Gorgeously fruited and fragrant, the wine shows ripe apricot, rockmelon, thyme and floral characters, leading to a concentrated palate that is wonderfully weighted and expansive. Elegantly opulent and varietally expressive with rich texture and bright acidity, leading to a lingering delicious finish. This is outstanding. 95 Points ★★★★★


Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, 2019

Alma’18 – ‘Revealing elegance and sophistication, the engaging bouquet shows Black Doris plum, dark cherry, warm spice and toasted nut characters with nuances of truffle and floral. The palate displays outstanding concentration and focus, while offering rich texture and expansive mouthfeel, superbly framed by loads of fine, polished tannins. Multi-layered and magnificently flowing to an impressively long silky finish. The wine is gloriously composed and expressed, promising to evolve gracefully. The wine exhibits classic Te Mata elegance, freshness and refinement within a perfectly formed structure.’ 96 Points ★★★★★

On Coleraine

‘This highly collectible red is snapped up every year it is released.’

Bob Campbell MW, Kia Ora Magazine, June 2018

‘Te Mata Estate Coleraine has won well-deserved iconic status for a string of elegant and complex wines that first appeared in 1982, blazing a trail for others to follow.’

Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, June 2018

‘If there was Kiwi wine aristocracy, Te Mata would be it. Nestled in the foothills of the Te Mata heritage zone, they make some of the best wines in the country. Independent, family-owned, exclusively Hawke’s Bay, and committed to making premium wine on site.’

Cuisine Wine, 2017

‘New Zealand’s Grange equivalent, only Coleraine comes from one place, is much cheaper, and to my tastes, is significantly better and more interesting.’ 96+ Points

Gary Walsh. The Wine Front, Australia. March 2017

‘The legendary cabernet sauvignon and merlot blend of NZ. New Zealand’s Sassicaia.’

James Suckling,, USA 2012

‘My benchmark. I’ve had every vintage of Coleraine the Buck family have made, from the inaugural 1982 to the current 2015. Te Mata Estate is the standard by which every other wine producer could be judged. The full range of styles has always been impeccable.’

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews ‘ Setting the Standard’, June 2017

Wine writer André Simon in 1964 on tasting a 1912 Te Mata Estate red blend half a century after it was first bottled … ‘This really is quite good. No sign of decay. One would not have thought it would have kept this long. Remarkable, quite remarkable.’

‘New Zealand Wines and the Question of Age’ Rebecca Gibb, Meininger’s Wine Business International, September 2018

‘Arguably New Zealand’s most prestigious wine. No one dreamed such a wine could be made from New Zealand grapes. Dramatically raising the bar for red wine in New Zealand.’

Coleraine ’16 Review Summary, Bob Campbell Decanter Magazine, October 2018

‘A great wine from the very first vintage. Consistently great.’

Huon Hooke, The Real Review October 2018

‘A national treasure. A benchmark, with a remarkable track record for age-worthiness. Consistently high quality and style have been hallmarks since day one.’

Linda Murphy, October 2018|

‘The Buck family of the Te Mata estate produce the best New Zealand wine I have come across … could have passed muster as a classed-growth claret.’

Bruce Anderson, The Spectator, May 2020

Contact Us

telephone 0800 836 282 (NZ)

(+64) 6 877 4399 (International)


location 349 Te Mata Road, RD 12, Havelock North 4294

post PO Box 8335, Havelock North 4157

Cellar door is open every day of summer

10am – 5pm
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