Te Mata Estate

Coleraine Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

9.111 ratings
8.75 pro ratings
Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Salami & Prosciutto, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck
Top Notes For
Bob McDonald

On Saturday I conducted a Cabernet tasting at home with 8 mates. The theme was 2009 vintage Bordeaux v Margaret River with this outlier from NZ included. This had leafy minty notes with a touch of coffee. A medium weight palate with a certain hardness which was a negative. Still a good future. Ended up being out classed in the company to follow. I will drink my remaining 6 bottles over the 5 to 10 years.

On Saturday I conducted a Cabernet tasting at home with 8 mates. The theme was 2009 vintage Bordeaux v Margaret River with this outlier from NZ included. This had leafy minty notes with a touch of coffee. A medium weight palate with a certain hardness which was a negative. Still a good future. Ended up being out classed in the company to follow. I will drink my remaining 6 bottles over the 5 to 10 years.

Sep 28th, 2020
Bob McDonald

Generally regarded as New Zealand’s best expression of a left bank Bordeaux blend. This is a dense Ruby red in colour. Aromas of cedar, cassis, mint, leafy and a menthol note - generally classic left bank descriptors. Quite balanced - a medium plus weight palate - medium tannins and acid. Still a good future into the late 20’s or early 2030s. Sam Kim, who is a NZ wine taster and commentator described this wine on release as the greatest wine ever released in New Zealand which was a big call at the time. Bob Campbell MW said “Coleraine doesn’t get much better than this. “

Generally regarded as New Zealand’s best expression of a left bank Bordeaux blend. This is a dense Ruby red in colour. Aromas of cedar, cassis, mint, leafy and a menthol note - generally classic left bank descriptors. Quite balanced - a medium plus weight palate - medium tannins and acid. Still a good future into the late 20’s or early 2030s. Sam Kim, who is a NZ wine taster and commentator described this wine on release as the greatest wine ever released in New Zealand which was a big call at the time. Bob Campbell MW said “Coleraine doesn’t get much better than this. “

Sep 6th, 2020
John Wight

Sommelier/Wine Director Luce Restaurant

9.5

I have to say I am amazed!

I have to say I am amazed!

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Tom Portet

Statesman like and robust. Just a touch of charisma more.

Statesman like and robust. Just a touch of charisma more.

Nov 18th, 2014
Keith Crump

2009 Nose of sweet tobacco and briers, a dry Cabernet, but smooth good blackberry with plenty of length will drink well for years to come

2009 Nose of sweet tobacco and briers, a dry Cabernet, but smooth good blackberry with plenty of length will drink well for years to come

Jan 22nd, 2018
Bob McDonald

Initial cedary caramel and blackcurrant notes. Medium bodied with medium intensity. A very good Bordeaux blend with chalky powdery tannins. A good future well past 2020. Winery says to 2024 ie 15 years age. A bit more mid palate ripeness would have earnt a gold medal or 95+.

Initial cedary caramel and blackcurrant notes. Medium bodied with medium intensity. A very good Bordeaux blend with chalky powdery tannins. A good future well past 2020. Winery says to 2024 ie 15 years age. A bit more mid palate ripeness would have earnt a gold medal or 95+.

Sep 18th, 2016
Keith Crump

Great wine still good fruit with supple oak

Great wine still good fruit with supple oak

Jan 6th, 2016
Brad Pejcic

This was my first NZ Cabernet and after this it definitely won't be my last.
Dark berries, fine tannins and a long finish. This has made me excited about NZ Cabernet. A Wonderful elegant wine.

This was my first NZ Cabernet and after this it definitely won't be my last.
Dark berries, fine tannins and a long finish. This has made me excited about NZ Cabernet. A Wonderful elegant wine.

Dec 27th, 2013
Brendan Leary

Big and full, some tannin but not mouth sucking, almost perfect for me. 14% love the plum and herbs

Big and full, some tannin but not mouth sucking, almost perfect for me. 14% love the plum and herbs

Jul 31st, 2013
Aline Baly

Aline had this 7 years ago

Aline had this 7 years ago

Mar 24th, 2014