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.
59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc from what Te Mata estate describe as a ‘fairytale vintage’. Cherry, ripe raspberry, dried roses and tobacco, cocoa and baking spices, a wee bit of menthol. It’s medium-bodied, taut and tightly strung with ‘mineral’ feeling cranberry acidity, sheets of slate-like tannin, superb waft of mouth-perfume, and a firm finish of impeccable length. A whole lot of what you might call ‘discreet structure’ this year, and feels particularly long-term. Oh Coleraine, you’ve done it again. Tasted: Feb 2021; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $115; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2024-2044+; Rated: 97 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Made from 59% cabernet sauvignon with merlot and cabernet franc. Ripe, cassis and berry flavours with a seasoning of spice. This wine represents elegance on a grand scale and is on one of the best vintage I've tasted. It has plushness and power with great potential. Date Tasted: Feb 2021; Drink: 2021-2039; Rating: 98 Points; Bob Campbell; The Real Review
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