Te Mata Estate Coleraine Cabernet Merlot 2011

72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc from separate plots within Te Mata own estate vineyards.

Each parcel was destemmed before a traditional warm, plunged fermentation and extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were then run to predominantly new French oak barrels for 18 months’ maturation. Throughout this time, they were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended, then egg white fined during their second winter in barrel, before bottling in Dec 2012.

Winemaker's Comments

Deep crimson in colour with intense aromas of blackberry syrup, espresso, marzipan, and dried roses. The palate has a concentrated core of perfectly ripe blackcurrants, with layers of damson plums and chocolate, leading to long powerful tannins and refreshing acidity. 

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    "Coleraine 2011 is New Zealand’s closest parallel to great Bordeaux."
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