Te Mata ‘Coleraine’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot 1991

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 05-Aug-2017
Dark, moderately deep garnet-red colour, some bricking on the rim. The bouquet is very elegant and refined, with deep and concentrated aroma of ripe, savoury dark red berry and curranty fruits and some secondary earthy and black mineral notes. This is still fresh with vitality and energy, the aromatics vibrant and energised, but this is complex in detailing. The nose has intensity, style and life. The palate is beautifully sweet, with rich, vibrant black fruits at the core, showing blackcurrant, earth and minerals. This is incredibly fresh and aromatic, the fresh acidity enhancing the vitality of the wine. The fruit is melded very fine-grained flowery tannins that still contribute to the concentration and finesse of structure as well as linearity. The finish is remarkably long. A wonderful wine, still on its plateau after a quarter of a century. Another decade ahead easily. 59% CS, 29% Me, 12% CF. 13.0% alc. 20.0/20 Aug 2017 Release Price $35.00 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 19 months in 75% new French oak. Dark, deep, garnet-red with bricking to the colour. The bouquet is very fine and elegant with subtle and intricate, detailed nuances of black berries fruits, ethereal red fruits and florals providing aromatic lift, along with integrated savoury dried herb, game, earth and cedary notes. Very much secondary in character with tertiary aromas showing. Medium-full bodied, this is slender and elegant in flavour profile, but with a firm and concentrated core and line. Ripeness is clear, with sweet, black fruit flavours at the heart. The palate reveals complex and notes of dried dark herbs, cedar, meat and earth. The tannins are still evident and build to become prevalent through mid-palate and finish, and carry the sweet and succulent forest-infused flavours along a lingering, textured finish. This is drinking near the end of its plateau now. 19.0/20 Mar 2013 RRP $N/A

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