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Te Mata Coleraine 2013: 97pts JS


When it comes to the world’s greatest Bordeaux blends, there are very few that can truly compete with the top classified growths of France’s most beloved region. However, every now and then a New World icon emerges and fights for its place as an equal alongside these great clarets – and here is a classic example: Te Mata Coleraine.

Under the direction of John Buck, the family owned Te Mata Estate is New Zealand’s oldest winery – regarded by many as the country’s finest – and Coleraine is the jewel in their crown. Since its very first production in the 1980’s, Coleraine has set the standard to which all other vineyards in Hawkes Bay aspire; however the stellar 2013 vintage launched it even higher above its contemporaries – with serious ratings from the critics. James Suckling in particular was seriously impressed, awarding it 97pts.

Te Mata sold out of the 2013 Coleraine in just 10 days, clearly demonstrating how much global demand outstrips supply and confirming their belief that this young Coleraine is the finest they have ever produced. Although it is still only a baby – this iconic wine is designed to age for another three decades – now is the time to seize it and cellar it. This is not only one of the best Bordeaux blends that New Zealand has ever produced, but also deserves its place alongside the elite on an international scale.

97 points James Suckling “A very refined but somewhat vivacious 2013 vintage for Coleraine. Perfectly ripe cassis and redcurrant fruits, hints of darker blueberries and a sheen of expertly curated oak add style and swagger. The palate is superb for its clarity, depth and definition, tannins are assertive but fine, redder fruit flavours run deep and concentrated, and the finish has a sense of youthful freshness. Best from 2020.”


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Offered subject to final confirmation and the usual terms of sale. E&OE November 2015.

ETA: Early 2016

Offer subject to final confirmation. E&OE


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