2009 Te Mata "Coleraine" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
This is an awesome Bordeaux blend with light mint, flowers and dark fruits. Currants and slightly dried fruit. Full-bodied, with layers of ripe tannins and long, long finish. Still slightly chewy. Needs another three to four years to come around.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Coleraine Cabernet/Merlot has been produced since 1982 and is blended blind every year without trying to go for a particular formula. The 2009 Coleraine Cabernet/Merlot is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, it’s a little closed at the moment, revealing moderately intense notes of cedar over black currant, blackberry and cloves plus hints of dusty earth, dried leaves, moss covered bark and Mediterranean herbs. Medium-full bodied with firm fine-grained tannins, it offers taut, tightly-knit flesh with a lively acid backbone and a long, layered finish. Consider drinking this 2013 to 2021+.
One of the best red wines made in New Zealand, this is made from the finest lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grown across Te Mata's Estate vineyards in Hawke's Bay. The '09 has a classic Cab nose--all black currants and flowers, with a sweet, fruit-filled palate framed by spice and fine-grained tannins. Give it a little time in bottle now, or a decant, and drink over the next 7-12 years. This is an iconic New Zealand classic.