2014 Te Mata "Coleraine" Bordeaux Blend Hawke's Bay (**SOLD OUT**)

SKU #1274023 100 points Sam Kim

 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.

98 points Bob Campbell

 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.  (6/2016)

97-98 points Raymond Chan

 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.

92-93 points 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)  (12/2015)

91 points Vinous

 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)  (5/2016)

K&L Notes

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)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/5/2016 | Send Email
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The debate over which vintage was better will no doubt continue in Hawke's Bay for years (if not decades) to come. After many had declared 2013 the "vintage of a lifetime" 2014 came along and in many people's opinion bested it! One thing that was never in doubt is that Te Mata Estate made simply stunning wines in both vintages. The 2014 Coleraine is certainly more forward and a slightly more generous expression than the 2013, faithfully reflecting the warmer vintage. It's a beautifully crafted wine showing off those Bordeaux varietals in all their glory. Some have drawn comparisons between 2014 and the heralded 1998 Coleraine (another warm vintage). As chance would have it was lucky enough to enjoy a bottle 1998 just last year! The wine was stunning; though my Master Sommelier drinking accomplice and I both thought the wine was still on the ascent to its peak with a long life ahead of it still. If that is anything to go by, the 2014 is surely a great investment.
Drink from 2018 to 2038

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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.

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5