Te Mata Coleraine Cabernet Merlot 2016
Brilliant magenta, Te Mata Coleraine Cabernet Merlot 2016 entices with concentrated rose syrup, fresh, fragrant raspberry, wild strawberry, ripe plum, thyme and cedar. Offering superb depth and complexity, Coleraine 2016 is defined by a precise, lazer-edge of pure, bright, red fruit. Framed by tight acid and silky tannins, all this extends elegantly into an exquisite and super-fine crescendo, giving exceptional length and finesse to the wine. 120 years after Te Mata planted cabernet vines in the Havelock Hills, Coleraine 2016 captures the finest expression of the estate’s unique Hawke’s Bay vineyards.
Each parcel of grapes was destemmed before a traditional warm, plunged fermentation and extended maceration on skins. The resulting wines were then run to predominately new French oak barrels for 18 months’ maturation. Throughout this time, they were regularly topped and racked. The separate wines were blended in January 2017, for maturation during their second winter in barrel. The finished wine was bottled in December 2017. The final blend is 51% cabernet sauvignon, 47% merlot and 2% cabernet franc.
The Finer Details
Style - Red Wine
Varietal - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Vintage - 2016
Country - New Zealand
Region - Hawke's Bay
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 13.5%