The Te Mata Estate Story
Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognized wines exclusively from its Hawke’s Bay vineyards. A temperate maritime climate with low rainfall, due to the rain shadow from mountains to the west, ensures Te Mata’s sites make the most of every vintage. At the heart of Te Mata Estate are the Havelock Hills Vineyards - the first legally-protected vineyards in New Zealand. Te Mata has five sites on these free draining, north-facing slopes. Soils to the east are mostly sandy loam over a sandstone base, and towards the west are sandy loam over a thin layer of clay and a silica pan. The distinctive shape of the hills is due to their comparative youth, in geological terms. At the meeting point of two tectonic plates, sandstone has been pushed up then worn away relatively quickly leaving a landscape of steep and gentle slopes, and terraces ideal for grape-growing. Under vine for over 120 years, and including some of the oldest grape growing sites in New Zealand, the Havelock Hills are protected for their distinct character, special ambience and unique viticultural heritage.
Why's this wine for you?

'Coleraine 2020 is a perfect vision' - Te Mata Estate

'Unbelievably good. Easily one of the best wines I’ve tasted in the last decade' - Gary Walsh

'Sensational… perfumed… profound' - Huon Hooke

'The Greatest Te Mata Estate Coleraine Vintage Ever? Sublime doesn’t do it justice, but flawless and spellbinding comes close' - Yvonne Lorkin

'Promises to age gracefully' - Bob Campbell

'Undeniably spellbinding' - Sam Kim

Well then. Welcome to what is arguably the most anticipated wine release of 2022. Te Mata's nascent, humbling, awe-inspiring 2020 Coleraine. There's been early talk. There have been murmurings. Greatest ever bandied about. Allocations have been begged for and denied. And now we've finally reached the point of its release. 100 points already in the bag from one critic. 98+ points from Gary Walsh (making it one of just 9 other wines tasted from 55,000 over the last few decades to score so highly). More reviews abound. This is the southern hemisphere's most important icon wine, and here might just be the greatest vintage ever.

Just one bottle of Grange, or Screaming Eagle, or Chateau Margaux will cost you more than an entire case of Te Mata's Coleraine. And yet, for sheer enjoyment and overall wow factor, I think I know which I would choose every single time. Coleraine. It's a beauty. A slip of a thing that ushers in layers of boysenberry, graphite, whisper-licks of tissue paper tannins, cassis and earth, soil and bay, with a vibrant, lustrous mauve colour that invokes the vitality and fertility of the Hawkes Bay region from where it comes.

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The Brief
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Wine Scale 4
How's it taste?
A gleaming obsidian-dark, Coleraine ’20 flashes in the glass. From its depths glimmers wild roses and cedar, blackcurrants, dark cherries, plums – a rapid symmetry of perfectly ripe dark fruit. Notes of cocoa-nib, thyme, and layer upon layer of fine tannin are polished to a mirror-finish, shimmering the length of the wine. From its elevated aromatics to its monumental mid-palate weight, intense vitality, and long radiant finish, Coleraine ’20 is a window on midnight. Replete in detail. Out of darkness emerges an immense wine of clarity, concentration and focus. Coleraine 2020 is a perfect vision.
How was it made?
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 17 months’ maturation. Throughout this time, they were regularly topped and racked. The final blend is 52% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot and 15% cabernet franc.
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Critic Reviews
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Expert Review
100 Points
Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
This is solidly built yet fine and flawless with cassis, scented floral, olive, cake spice and stylish oak aromas on the nose. The powerfully concentrated palate offers dazzling clarity of fruit purity as well as astonishing complexity, brilliantly structured by perfectly pitched chalky tannins. Beautifully layered with formidable depth and seductive texture, making this rendition of Coleraine undeniably spellbinding. At its best: 2030 to 2050.
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Expert Review
100 Points
Yvonne Lorkin - Auckland Weekend Herald
2020 heralds the 36th release of New Zealand’s most famous red wine and the one that the Buck family are calling “the best in Te Mata’s history”.I’ve been extremely fortunate to taste it already and I agree with Phil 100%. Adding only that it has a lick of leather, a soothing, suede-like texture and showstopping length of flavour. I can’t overstate how monumentally excellent 2020 is. Sublime doesn’t do it justice, but flawless and spellbinding come close. It will sell out within seconds of hitting the shelves if indeed it even makes it that far.
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Expert Review
98 Points
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
Unbelievably good. Young, but the potential is overwhelmingly potent. Floral, nutty, intense small-berried fruit, cedar, anise and sweet herb. Tight, medium-bodied, so concentrated, but light too, ultra-mineral, fresh, all the gravel and tense cabernet feel, but with perfume unlocked: so flagrant and fragrant. The length is superb. I’m taken aback by the beauty and essence-like nature of this wine. My precious. Easily one of the best wines I’ve tasted in the last decade.
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Expert Review
98 Points
Bob Campbell MW - The Real Review
A blend of cabernet sauvignon 57%, merlot 36% and cabernet franc 7%. A deeply-tinted, almost inky wine with layers of sumptuous fruit and savoury characters, including cassis, red rose, dark chocolate, hedgerow, anise and nutty oak. A generously proportioned, youthful red that is already surprisingly accessible but promises to age gracefully.
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Expert Review
97 Points
Huon Hooke - The Real Review
Very deep, bold, bright purple/red colour, the aromas similarly impressive for their concentration and vibrancy. The wine is super-concentrated and loaded with drying, savoury tannins that add a smidgin of bitterness that helps cleanse the aftertaste, which is formidably long. A sensational cabernet blend, gorgeously flavoured and perfumed, profound and lingering. It has the intensity and structure to age long-term. The patient will be handsomely rewarded.
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