Tasting Note From the depths of its saturated inky appearance, Coleraine ’13 is a commanding statement of the vintage. Its powerful attack of beautifully ripened blackberries and black plums integrates with an accompanying surge of immediate tannin which quickly becomes the focus as the wine flows across the palate. Coleraine ’13 is a wine to contemplate, from a large glass, over several hours. It is a 30 year wine of impeccable style and character.
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.2g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
Each parcel of grapes was destemmed before a traditional warm, plunged fermentation and extended marceration on skins. The resulting wines were then run to predominately new French oak barrels for 18 months’ maturation. Throughout this time, they were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2014 then egg white fined during their second winter in barrel. The finished wine was then bottled in December 2014.
The final blend is 56% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot and 14% cabernet franc.
Coleraine ’13 was hand harvested from separate plots within Te Mata’s vineyards between 27 March and 11 April.
Coleraine derives its name from the Coleraine vineyard, home of John and Wendy Buck of Te Mata Estate. John’s late grandfather was born in Coleraine in Northern Ireland and the name has been maintained through the family home 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.
'One of my favourites among the modern vintages, showing fresh acidity with supple tannins. Aromatically I think the 14% Cabernet Franc helps lead some of the more floral and leafy aromas, alongside the blackberry notes of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon and some fleshy plum notes from 30% Merlot. Opulent but with great acidity to hold it together.'Amanda Barnes, ‘Discovering the Ageing Potential of Hawke’s Bay: Te Mata Coleraine Vertical’ Around the World in 80 Harvests, November, 2018 All Reviews