'The great wine of New Zealand. Stunning precision. A classic vintage.' - The Wine Front 2018
'New Zealand's most avidly collected red wine.' - Decanter Magazine 2018
Brilliant magenta, Coleraine ’16 entices with concentrated rose syrup, fresh, fragrant raspberry, wild strawberry, ripe plum, thyme and cedar. Offering superb depth and complexity, Coleraine ’16 is defined by a precise, lazer-edge of pure, bright, red fruit. Framed by tight acid and silky tannins, all this extends elegantly into an exquisite and super-fine crescendo, giving exceptional length and finesse to the wine.
120 years after Te Mata planted cabernet vines in the Havelock Hills, Coleraine ’16 captures the finest expression of the estate’s unique Hawke’s Bay vineyards.
Wine Storage Suggestions & the 2018 Te Mata Cellaring Guide
Coleraine ’16 is closed with a natural cork, allowing continued evolution in bottle for twelve years from harvest. Read the full 2016 Vintage Report here.
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Total acidity as tartaric: 6.0g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
Each parcel of grapes was destemmed before a traditional warm, plunged fermentation and extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were then run to predominately new French oak barrels for 18 months’ maturation. Throughout this time, they were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2017 then egg white fined during their second winter in barrel. The finished wine was then bottled in December 2017. The final blend is 51% cabernet sauvignon, 47% merlot and 2% cabernet franc.
Coleraine ’16 was hand harvested from separate plots within Te Mata’s vineyards between 26 March and 20 April.
Coleraine derives its name from the Coleraine vineyard, home of John and Wendy Buck of Te Mata Estate. John’s late grandfather was born in Coleraine in Northern Ireland and the name has been maintained through the family home to the wine. Originally a single vineyard wine, from 1989 Coleraine has been an assemblage of the finest wines produced from distinct plots within Te Mata Estate’s oldest vineyards on the Havelock Hills.