2014 Te Mata "Coleraine" Bordeaux Blend Hawke's Bay (**SOLD OUT**)
Following the majestic 2013 offering, this is another phenomenal wine of sophistication and sublime seduction. Fabulous aroma of cassis, cigar box, violet and toasted almond on the nose. The palate delivers awesome concentration and weight, together with silky texture and fleshy mouthfeel, while remaining elegant and refreshing. Tannins are fine, chalky and exquisitely proportioned, making the wine classically structured. Once again Coleraine offers spectacular complexity, refinement and presence with an undeniable potential to evolve magnificently. This is back to back perfection. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc. At its best: 2025 to 2040.
A tougher selection resulted in a slightly lower than normal production (3,500 cases). Rich, quite dense and predictably classy wine, with red and black berry fruits, spice, anise and spicy oak flavours. Beautifully structured red - high energy with lovely integration of fruit and oak. A wine that more than lives up to its stellar reputation and shows obvious potential.
Impenetrable black-red colour, near saturated, and with youthful purple hues. This has a wonderfully layered, aromatic nose with an array of black and red berried fruits, dark herbs, minerals and dark florals, and subtle oak lift and toastiness. The nose has considerable depth and a concentrated core that unfolds in waves with intricate detail, and is expressed with freshness and piquancy. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion but is multi-dimensional as it reveals layers of blackcurrants, dark red plums, cassis liqueur, black ink, minerals, fresh herbs, leafy and tobacco elements. The fruit is supported by fine-grained, but firm tannin structure that grows in grip to fill the palate. The extraction is balanced by fresh, mouthwatering, acid cut that enhances the fruit sweetness and lends poise, tension and drive. The wine carries to a very long, concentrated and intense finish packed with succulent and vibrant fruit. This is a vibrant, succulent and fully structured Coleraine with aromatic freshness and vitality. It will evolve over the next decade and a half. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 17 months in 70% new French oak.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Coleraine Cabernet / Merlot was a finished blend, just needing to be fined and bottled in January 2016. Deep garnet-purple, it has a forward nose of pronounced cassis, black pepper, earth, violets, pencil lead and bay leaves plus a waft of cedar. Very elegant, medium-bodied, well-structured and fine, it lacks the lovely freshness of the 2013 but offers plenty of expression at this early stage. (LPB)
Dark, ruby-tinged red. Perfumed scents of cassis, crushed raspberry, bay leaf, tobacco leaf and curry powder. Boasts excellent intensity and thrust but still youthfully dumb and clenched in the mid-palate. But this wine boasts terrific depth to its flavors of dark berries, flowers and spices. With a firm spine of ripe tannins, this wine has the structure to support a long and graceful evolution in bottle. 91+ (ST)
Described by one New Zealand critic as "back-to-back" perfection after he awarded it a 100 point score following on from the 100 point score on the previous 2013 vintage. Te Mata's "Coleraine" is considered by most as NZ's most collectable and age worthy wine. 2014 was the 2nd warmest vintage in the past 3 decades meaning the '14 Coleranie is powerful, concentrated and rich whilst still retaining robust structure and ageing potential. In fact I recently drank a bottle of 1998 Coleraine (the only vintage that surpassed the summer heat of 2014 during the Buck family's ownership) and it was still a baby and drinking phenomenally! This wine deserves a place in Bordeaux or Cabernet enthusiasts cellar - it's truly one of the world's great reds. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)