Te Mata Coleraine Cabernet Merlot 2014
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.
Following the majestic 2013 offering, this is another phenomenal wine of sophistication and sublime seduction. The palate delivers awesome concentration and weight, together with silky texture and fleshy mouthfeel, while remaining elegant and refreshing. Once again Coleraine offers spectacular complexity, refinement and presence with an undeniable potential to evolve magnificently. This is back to back perfection. Rating 100 Points & Five Stars; Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
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. Rating 98 Points & Five Stars; Bob Campbell MW
This is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 12% Cabernet franc, and an absolute pleasure to taste. I had the 2013 two nights ago, after a wash of top end Bordeaux. This is up there. Like Margaux. Dried roses and violets, pencil cases and cedar, black raspberry, blackcurrant, liquorice tea and chai – just magnificent to smell. Medium bodied, saturates the mouth with flavour and ultra-fine toothsome tannin, acidity is weaved through the wine like magic – all minerally and perfumed – spread of graphite tannin runs through its superb length. What a wine. A triumph. Alcohol : 13.5%; Price : $110; Closure : Cork; Drink : 2018 - 2034; Rated : 97 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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 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. RRP $110.00 ; Rating: 19.5-/20.0; Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
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