Te Mata `Coleraine` Cabernet Merlot 2008 (12 x 750mL), Hawke's Bay, NZ.

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$899.88 per case
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Widely regarded as NZ’s greatest red wine. Exceptionally long lived it shows concentrated dark berry characters, a firm, finely textured palate with a sustained finish. A powerful full-bodied wine that rewards cellaring, Coleraine will evolve over 10-15 years.

NZ - Hawke's Bay
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

Breed, rather than brute power, is the hallmark of Coleraine, which since its first vintage in 1982 has carved out an illustrious reputation among New Zealand’s claret-style reds....At its best, it is a magical Hawke’s Bay wine, with a depth, complexity and subtlety on the level of a top-class Bordeaux.........The 2008 vintage is dark, with dense flavours of blackcurrants and plums, distinctly spicy, savoury and complex, and ripe, supple tannins. Already approachable, it’s open and expressive in its youth, but best cellared for at least five years.Rating 5 Star `Super Classic` - Michael Cooper, Buyer's Guide to New Zeland Wines 2011

Coleraine is the flaghip of the Te Mata Estate range. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. As it unfolded it seemed terribly good. It’s a wine of layers and tannin. It tastes of dust, crushed leaves, blackcurrant and blackberry. There is some creamy, nutty, cedary oak too and a bitter, dark olive-like flavour to the aftertaste. Its tannin gives a sense of stature. Excellent.94+ -Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front (29/SEP/2010)

A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc, the 2008 Coleraine took some coaxing on the nose and remained quite broody and introspective, with blackberry, melted tar, autumn leaves, black pepper with the green bell pepper more noticeable than the 2007. The palate is medium-bodied with a spicy entry, very Bordeaux-like, surfeit with energy but perhaps just lacking the final knock-out punch on the finish. Yet there is still breeding here: austere but graceful. Drink 2011-2020. Rating 91 - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate #191 (OCT/2010)

Dense and lively red with layers of berry fruit and blackcurrant, together with a more subtle influence of floral, dried spice and cedar flavours. Decanter (SEP/2010)

It almost defies belief that a wine of this quality and pedigree (it has been described as New Zealand’s greatest wine) still sells at this price. A masterful blend of cabernets and merlot best bought for Dad to put in his cellar.Warren BArton, The Dominion Post, Warren Barton;s Christmas Wine Guide 2010

Winery Tasting Notes

Grape Varietals

53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot & 19% Cabernet Franc


Deep magenta colour.


The nose shows lifted aromas of roses, blackcurrant syrup and dark chocolate.


The palate shows great intensity and depth with assertive dark fruit flavours, espresso and spice underpinned by firm tannins giving structure to the long finish.

Food Matching

Coleraine is a natural partner to casseroles, roasted and grilled meats, cheese, pasta and delicatessen meats.

Cellaring Potential

This wine will continue to develop in the bottle between 6 and 12 years from harvest.

NZ - Hawke's Bay
Grape Style
Cabernet Blends
Closure Type
Cork closure

Winery Profile

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Te Mata Estate is New Zealand’s oldest winery, dating from the early 1890s. It is a New Zealand family-owned winery – a true estate, specialising in grape growing and winemaking from its nine Hawke’s Bay vineyards. It is acknowledged as one of only five icon wineries in New Zealand.

Under the direction of John Buck, Te Mata Estate has, over nearly thirty years, produced a stunning array of red and white wines including famous labels such as Coleraine, Awatea cabernets/merlots, Bullnose syrah, Elston chardonnay, Cape Crest sauvignon blanc and, launched in 2009, Zara viognier. Te Mata Estate has also developed a unique single vineyard from which it produces its Woodthorpe wines.

Te Mata Estate makes wines from hand-harvested grapes from its own vineyards. These vineyards are all located in Hawkes Bay (within 40 minutes drive of the winery) and under the direct control of Te Mata Estate’s viticultural team.

Total land area: 600 acres (240 hectares). Total planted vineyard area: 300 acres (120 hectares).

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