Coleraine is New Zealand's most famous red wine. First produced in 1982, this classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc displays the concentration, complexity and elegance found in the world's finest wines.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
Dried roses and violets, pencil cases and cedar, black raspberry, blackcurrant, liquorice tea and chai – just magnificent to smell. Medium bodied, saturates the mouth with flavour and ultra-fine toothsome tannin, acidity is weaved through the wine like magic – all minerally and perfumed – spread of graphite tannin runs through its superb length. What a wine. A triumph. Rating 97 - Drink by 2034, Gary Walsh, winefront.com.au (FEB/2016).
The 2014 Coleraine Cabernet / Merlot was a finished blend, just needing to be fined and bottled in January 2016. Deep garnet purple, it has a forward nose of pronounced cassis, black pepper, earth, violets, pencil lead and bay leaves plus a waft of cedar. Very elegant, medium-bodied, well-structured and fine, it lacks the lovely freshness of the 2013 but offers plenty of expression at this early stage. Rating 93 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (DEC/2015).
Winery Tasting Notes
With an immediate perfume of violets and dark roses, Coleraine ’14 reveals sublime concentration, drive and complexity.
Deep, floral fruit, rolling waves of ripe berries, cassis, mocha and cedar-spice instantly evoke the grandeur and charm of classic cabernet. Coleraine ’14 is luxurious, contemporary and monumental; unfurling with air and time to reveal an impeccable level of detail and integration. Evolution in a glass.