Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognized wines exclusively from its Hawke's Bay vineyards. The Estate's ownership varied frequently until John and Wendy Buck acquired it in 1978. John and Wendy instigated a twenty-year development program, which commenced with the restoration of the original winery building and the replanting of all of the original vineyards, as well as the acquisition of new vineyard sites.
Te Mata winery has been ranked 'Top Winery in New Zealand' evidenced by the consistent quality of the Coleraine and Awatea Cabernet Merlot wines, the Bull Nose Syrah and the Elston Chardonnay.
Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on edge. The nose is intense with penetrating aromas of ripe gooseberries, greengages, limes and green stonefruits, fresh herbs and a subtle layer of nutty oak. The aromatics are youthfully fresh and tightly bound. Medium-bodied, the fruit is tight and firmly concentrated, and slender in presentation, still to unfold in richness. The flavours of green stonefruits, herbs and citrus fruits are vibrantly youthful, refreshing and steely, and the palate is slippery and racy, quite mouthwatering in flow. This has a very fine-textured line that carries to a long, brisk and crisp finish. This is bright, zesty, tightly bound and at present fruit-expressive, with subtle barrel work in the background. It will develop considerable interest over the next 5+ years. A blend of 87% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon and 3% Sauvignon Gris, hand-picked, given some skin contact and fully barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in new and seasoned French oak with batonnage. Rating: 18.5/20.0; Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
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