Tasting Notes 1986
1986 Coleraine Cabernet/Merlot is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc.
’86 Coleraine is very typical of the year. It has aromas of cherry and raspberry, supported by cedary oak. It shows richness and length on the palate and is a supple medium term (6-8 years from vintage) style of wine.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.8g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The grapes were hand-harvested, destemmed, crushed and fermented in 8 tonne lots, peaking at 29°C. The must was both pumped over and plunged during primary fermentation. After dryness, the wine had a further 13 days on skins and was then matured in French barriques (60% new) for a further 18 months prior to bottling.
The growing season leading up to the 1986 harvest consisted of a wet winter and early spring, followed by a hot dry summer, leading to high sugars (23-24oBrix), and therefore a wine of generous alcohol (a little over 13% at bottling).
Coleraine derives its name from the Coleraine vineyard, home of John and Wendy Buck of Te Mata Estate. John’s late grandfather came from Coleraine in Northern Ireland and the name has been maintained through the family properties to the wine. Originally a single vineyard wine, from 1989 Coleraine has been an assemblage of the ﬁnest wines produced from distinct plots within Te Mata Estate’s oldest vineyards on the Havelock Hills.
“I conjectured whether this is New Zealand’s greatest wine? Well, let me put it this way, it is the frontrunner… a complex, intellectual entity that rewards long term cellaring year after year.”Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2008 All Reviews