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. The nose is full with sweetly ripe, densely packed aromas of ripe greengages and nectarines, unfolding an array of green stonefruits and tropical fruits entwined with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty complexing layers. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate possesses rich and layered, mouthfilling flavours of greengages, citrus and stonefruits along with tropical fruits, lantana, dark herbs and nutty oak. The mouthfeel is rounded and creamy, the wine following a fine line of grip and texture with good acid tension. This is lush and rich, and quite approachable now, but will keep 4+ years. Price: $33.95; Rating: 19.0-/20.0; Raymond Chan; Wine Reviews
One of the wilder, more funky expressions of Sauvignon about. They do a good job of it too at Te Mata. Smoky, spicy, tomato plant, marzipan, passionfruit and guava. Medium bodied, a riot of citrus, smoke and vanilla, herbal perfume, with zesty grapefruit acidity, bursting through the finish with lime and vanilla, zip and tang. It’s a 60s Batman TV series fight scene of a wine!! Alcohol : 13.5%; Closure : Diam; Drink : 2017 - 2020+; Rated : 95+ Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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