Te Mata Estate Coleraine Red 2022


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Te Mata
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Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
99 points




Originally a single vineyard designation until 1989, Coleraine now epitomizes a blend crafted from the most exceptional wines cultivated across specific plots within Te Mata Estate's historic Havelock Hills vineyards, first established in 1892. Traditionally led by cabernet sauvignon and complemented by merlot and cabernet franc, Coleraine embodies refinement and classical allure, showcasing the remarkable potential of Bordeaux blends in Hawke’s Bay. In essence, it exudes a more Bordelais character than many Australian Cabernets.

In its youth, Coleraine commands attention with formidable power, yet with time, it undergoes a remarkable transformation, evolving into a wine of exquisite elegance and precision, ensconced within a plush fruit core and supported by a finely woven framework of dry tannins. With a lineage spanning over three decades, Coleraine stands as a modern icon, an indispensable addition to any discerning cabernet enthusiast's collection.

The 2022 Coleraine is laden at this stage with the outrageous attractiveness of youth. I mean, it’s irresistible. There’s raspberry, nori, rose petals, coffee grounds, star anise, salted licorice, sun-dried kelp/nori, warm pine (I know this smell because I was hiking around the Te Mata peak yesterday, and there was a fallen pine tree lying in the sun, and it smelled great) and layers of peppercorns. In the mouth, the wine is so fresh, so alive, with so much energy, but it already is showing the svelte line of this house, this place. With a hint of raw cocoa laced through the finish, I’m sad to push this glass away. It will be the last time that I taste it for a while. A ripper. Excellent. This is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc.


99 points
Huon Hooke
97 points
Erin Larkin

The highlight of vintage 2022 was the Cabernet Sauvignon components,” says winemaker Phil Brodie (here at Te Mata for 31 vintages). For the fans playing at home, wondering whether or not there will be a 2023 Coleraine, I have good news, friends—there will be. Having spent two hours in the vineyards prior to this tasting, the level of detail and viticultural care fills me with comfort and confidence, even more than I already had. It’s great. These older vineyards are looked after to absurd detail. Every 1% pays off, and that is the defining difference between a good estate and a great one.


Serving Temp.
16-18 °C
Cellar until
2027 - 2050
Food pairing
Beef and Venison

Te Mata Estate Coleraine Red 2022

Te Mata Estate Coleraine Red 2022

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