Te Mata Coleraine 2017
#95 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2019
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. A single vineyard wine until 1989, Coleraine is an assemblage of the finest wines produced from distinct plots within Te Mata Estate’s oldest Havelock Hills vineyards first planted in 1892.
Saturated, dark ruby with a neon-purple edge, Coleraine ’17 tantalizes with fragrant ripe cherry and fresh, black plum aromatics. The bouquet blossoms over a silky palate laden with lavender, sandalwood, cigar box, juniper and wild blackberry. With typically refined tannins and a modern, pure, ripe-fruit freshness, Coleraine ’17 is energetic, supple and lithe.
Balanced, and on point, Coleraine ’17 dances across the senses now, and will do for years to come – classically Coleraine.
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
The latest vintage of Te Mata’s top red is back up to the quality of vintages past. This is wholly a wine for cellaring so right now the nose feels tight and a little closed. It still offers some cassis, black licorice, bay leaf, ground black pepper and graphite notes, though. On the palate, chalky tight-grained tannins knot firmly around the tongue. But all is in place for this wine to develop into an elegant and classy drop. Just give it time. Drink 2021–3034 and likely beyond.
Te Mata Estate Winery originated as part of Te Mata Station, a large pastoral land holding established by English immigrant John Chambers in 1854. His third son, Bernard, influenced by the comments from visitors that the hills were suitable for grape growing, planted vines in 1892. Wine was made from those grapes in 1896, establishing Te Mata Estate as the first winery in New Zealand to make a century.