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.
A head-spinning array of violet, red and black fruits, gentle spiced biscuit oak, green olive, and lead pencil. It’s medium-bodied, succulent, yet firm, with toothsome tannin, a beautiful mouth-perfume, black tea and small just ripe berries, and a finish where freshness, vibrancy and tannin push the wine very long. A classic vintage. Stunning wine. Precision. Tasted: Mar 18; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $110; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2019-2038+; Rating: 97 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Exquisite, sublime, benchmark stuff. Rating: 97 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
This superstar label delivers precision, purity and poise with this latest offering. Exhibiting scintillating clarity together with seductive complexity, the bouquet shows red/dark fruit, game, cigar, cedar and violet notes on the nose. The palate is concentrated and focused with stunning fruit weight and intensity, superbly structured by loads of fine, chalky tannins. The wine offers great presence on the palate, and delivers perfect line, length and balance. At its best: 2022 to 2032. Rating: 97 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
Still a baby, this classy cabernet/merlot demands cellaring, as you would expect. The bouquet is fragrant and complex; the palate is vigorous (revealing "bright fruit" characters, says winemaker Peter Cowley), with substantial body (13.5% alc/vol), strong black currant, plum, spice and nut flavours, firm, ripe tannins and a seamless, lasting finish. Best drinking 2023-plus. Rating: 5 Stars; Michael Cooper
Medium to full purple/red, youthful colour. Dark fruits, subtle violets, raspberry, blueberry and blood plum aromas, the palate sinewy and tangy with bright acidity and a touch of leanness. The acidity is lively but balanced. Elegant and intense, it has potential. It seems leaner and less powerful than recent Coleraines, but very much in the groove. It responded to airing, and was even better the next day. Rating: 96 Points; Huon Hooke
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