TE MATA ESTATE COLERAINE 750ML 2015
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.
Coleraine ’15 was hand harvested from separate plots within Te Mata’s vineyards between
31 March and 17 April 2015.
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 17 months’ maturation. Throughout this time, they were regularly
topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2016, for maturation during
their second winter in barrel. The finished wine was bottled in December 2016. The final
blend is 54% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot and 10% cabernet franc.
First, a bouquet of violets, roses, lavender and pure cassis, followed by a banquet of
blackcurrant, fragrant wild strawberry and pitch-black cherry, laid out over sweet cedar, and
fine, supple French oak.
Always floral, always concentrated, always poised – Coleraine ’15 is flame-red with
flashes of magenta and brilliant purple. Alive with charm, texture and energy, this is a
multi-generational wine of immense cellaring potential.