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Te Mata Est. Coleraine Cabernet Merlot

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Te Mata Est. Coleraine Cabernet Merlot

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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
Breed, rather than brute power, is the hallmark of Coleraine, which since its first vintage in 1982 has carved out a reputation second in none among New Zealand's reds. A single-vineyard Hawke's Bay wine from 1982 to 1988, since 1989 Coleraine is no longer exclusively based on the Coleraine vineyard, but has become part of a tiered group of labels, blended from several vineyards, with Coleraine at the top. Compared with its Awatea stablemate (above), Coleraine is more strongly influenced by new oak, more concentrated and more slowly evolving tasted in the n past year the '85 is a wine of some elegance but not exciting with highish acidity and some herbal characters the '87 is savoury and persistent- the '89 very frangrant and Boredaux-lie intense and stylish 1991 vintage is arguably the greatest Coleraine yet, and currently in devastating form. The 1995 vintage is a marriage of 59 per cent Cabernet Franc oak aged for 19 months. The colour is vibrant and deep; the bouquet still fairly closed. Chunky with rich, brambly tautly tannic flavour, it is a big wine - one of the boldest Coleraincs yet - but still very youthful.
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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1991 Vintage) says
Breed, rather than brute power, is the hallmark of Coleraine, which since its first vintage in 1982 has carved out a reputation second in none among New Zealand's reds. A single-vineyard Hawke's Bay wine from 1982 to 1988, since 1989 Coleraine is no longer exclusively based on the Coleraine vineyard, but has become part of a tiered group of labels, blended from several vineyards, with Coleraine at the top. Compared with its Awatea stablemate (above), Coleraine is more strongly influenced by new oak, more concentrated and more slowly evolving tasted in the n past year the '85 is a wine of some elegance but not exciting with highish acidity and some herbal characters the '87 is savoury and persistent- the '89 very frangrant and Boredaux-lie intense and stylish 1991 vintage is arguably the greatest Coleraine yet, and currently in devastating form. The 1995 vintage is a marriage of 59 per cent Cabernet Franc oak aged for 19 months. The colour is vibrant and deep; the bouquet still fairly closed. Chunky with rich, brambly tautly tannic flavour, it is a big wine - one of the boldest Coleraincs yet - but still very youthful.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1990 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1989 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1987 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1985 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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