Te Mata ‘Coleraine’ Hawke’s Bay 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 05-Aug-2017
Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is soft, full and harmoniously packed with dense, ripe aromas of blackberries and black plums, and layers of herbs, currants and a little earthy, secondary detail. This retains freshness and life in the aromatics. The palate is fulsome, with ripe, fleshy fruit flavours of ripe black berry, plum and curranty notes, encased by grainy, near sinewy tannins and structure. This still needs time to come together. The rich fruit has plenty of life and is a little brooding, but will blossom. The ripeness level and the structure will see it unfold over the next 15 years. 52% CS, 43% Me, 5% CF. 14.0% alc. 18.5+/20 Aug 2017 Release Price $85.00 Very deep, purple hued colour and youthful in appearance. This has a fine, tight, perfumed nose of aromatic dark red berry fruits, red floral lift and blackcurrants infused with herb notes. Tight, elegant and refined. The fine-grained tannin structure is the feature on the palate, with concentrated blackcurrant and herb flavours alongside oak notes. Attractive sweet fruit nuances emerge. This had only been opened minutes before tasting, and all agreed this would show more with air-time. Sleek and tight at this stage, though.   Aug 2011 A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, fermented to 14.0% alc., then aged in mainly new French oak barrels for 20 months. Deep purple black-red in colour, this has a somewhat shy, raw and youthfully tight bouquet, quite ethereal and aromatic with ripe dark red berry fruit and plums and violetty florals showing. The palate features sweet, rich, near exotic red and black fruits on a very powerful, concentrated, highly extracted framework. The tannins are very fine, leaving a feeling of tight restraint and style. The finish is long and nuanced. This will live 9-15 years easily.  Mar 2011

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