2010 Te Mata "Coleraine" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay (Elsewhere $70)
Dense, savoury red with a fantastic texture. Long and layered with fascinating berry, floral, savoury and herb characters. Vibrant wine with great potential. Accessible but will age. Highest proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in ten years. An iconic Bordeaux-style blend. Vibrant wine with great potential. Although accessible now, the wine promises to age at least as gracefully as the best of its predecessors in the past 30 years. An elegant, powerful red that thoroughly deserves its cult status.
New Zealand's Sassicaia! Shares some of the same excellence in mint, flowers and dark fruits on the nose and palate. Full body. More upfront fruit. Long and silky texture. Beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon character here. Better in 2015.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Coleraine deserves its reputation as New Zealand’s benchmark Bordeaux-blend wine and in terms of quality, I have no hesitation placing it within the class of Bordeaux Second Growths.
Sam Kim Wine Orbit 96 points: "This lives up to its billing. Despite the youth, the wine shows Coleraine's compelling style and substance, exhibiting beautiful primary aromas of blueberry, dark plum and floral with a hint of spicy oak. The palate is concentrated and refined with silky texture and plenty of polished tannins, providing classic structure and frame. As the wine sat in the glass, the flavour of the wine was revealed in more dimensions than you might have thought possible, displaying touches of dried herb, game and spice. Once again, beautifully poised and harmonised, this sophisticated wine will become one of the classics.