Te Mata Estate Coleraine Cabernet Merlot 2017
54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc from separate plots within Te Mata's own estate Hawkes Bay 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 17 months’ maturation. Throughout this time, they were regularly topped and racked. The wines were blended, then egg white fined during their second winter in barrel before bottling.
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.
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97 POINTS - The Real Review, Coleraine Vertical Tasting (Huon Hook), Aug 2018
97 POINTS - Bob Campbell Wine Reviews, Nov 2018
96 POINTS & TOP 50 WINES OF THE WORLD - James Suckling Wine Reviews, Nov 2017
5 STARS - New Zealand Listener (Michael Cooper), Apr 2017
5 STARS - Wine Orbit Reviews (Sam Kim), Mar 2017
19.5/20 POINTS - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Mar 2017
19/20 POINTS - Geoff Kelly Wine Reviews 2017
95/96 POINTS - The Wine Front, Te Mata Estate Coleraine Vertical Tasting (Gary Walsh), Aug 2018
93 POINTS - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski), Mar 2018
"Fragrant as always, hinting at violets, tobacco and cassis, it's also a broad-shouldered vintage, with substantial power and tannin. The oak is beautifully integrated into the wine already, appearing as classy Pauillac-like pencil shavings on the lengthy finish."