2010 Te Mata "Coleraine" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay (Elsewhere $70)

SKU #1138994 96 points Bob Campbell

 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.

93 points James Suckling

 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.  (12/ 2012)

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.

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/10/2014  | Send Email
The is one of the icons of the New Zealand wine industry...and deserves it! A gorgeous blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 6% Cabeenet Franc, the Coleraine offers notes of cedar, dark plum, black cherry and minerality. There is seamless balance with fine grained tannins and a long persistent finish. Buy it, put it away for a while and reap the rewards. You'll be glad you did.

By: Mike Barber |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/8/2014  | Send Email
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The lesser known, warmer weather bay of the New Zealand wine country, Hawkes Bay is capable of producing world-class Cabernet and Syrah, and this bottle is one of its best. The skills of the Te Mata winemakers shine in this Bordeaux blend from a great vintage. Richer than most Bordeaux but still balanced and delicious, it has incredible layers of flavors with a good backbone and just a touch of leather.
Drink from 2016 to 2029

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/3/2014  | Send Email
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One of the most impressive Bordeaux style reds from anywhere in the world, at any price. This is very serious wine with tons of concentration, power, focus and layers and persistent flavor and texture. Made from the estates top parcels of fruit and raised in the very best cooperage. This wine shows crushed blackcurrant, cassis, mint and sweet tobacco. The subtle oak frames the fruit perfectly with some nice gravelly tones showing through on back. The tannins are fine, silky long-chain tannins but give this wine plenty of structure to age for a decade plus. Any lover of Pauillac or St. Julien should try this wine, it truly deserves a place in the cellar along side those famous Bordeaux bottles.
Drink from 2014 to 2030

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.