Te Mata ‘Coleraine’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot 1998

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 06-Mar-2018
Impenetrable black-red colour, still with purple hues on the rim, and youthful in appearance. The bouquet is very firm, deep and densely packed, near massively concentrated, yet with a degree of style, showing very ripe black berried fruits with a touch of blackcurrants and complex, savoury secondary dark herbs and black plums, and black earth and mineral and suggestions of pencil oak. Full-bodied, the palate has impressive depth and concentration, packed firmly with vibrant. Lively, sweetly succulent black fruits, allied to complex savoury blackcurrants and subtle herbal nuances, earth, minerals and nutty, pencilly oak. This has layers of flavour and is multi-dimensional. Beautifully ripe, fine-grained tannins and fresh, lacy acidity balance the fruit and power. The finish and length is extraordinary. This is beginning to drink well, but will develop over 10-15+ years. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 20 months in 70% new French oak barriques. 20.0/20 Mar 2018 RRP $N/A Very dark, deep, black-red colour with garnet hues, some bricking on the edge. The nose is powerfully packed and densely solid with aromas of ripe black fruit interwoven with a little savoury secondary complexity showing earth, minerals, ink, game and cedary oak, The concentration ad ripeness of the black fruits is the feature, but also the nose exudes a brooding power which promises more to unfold. On palate, this is rich, luscious and succulent with powerfully concentrated blackberry and black plum fruit, with blackcurrants and cassis intermingling with earth and mineral layers, and secondary dried herb nuances, with suggestion of undergrowth. The fruit richness is underlined by ripe, fine and firm tannin extraction providing balancing structure, with fresh acidity lending energy and freshness. The palate is linear, long and sustained. This is an exceptionally rich and ripe, beautifully structured wine that will develop further over the next 10+ years. 60% CS, 32% Me, 8% CF. 13.5% alc. 20.0/20 Aug 2017 Release Price $55.00 Black-red colour, quite impenetrable, the bouquet with beautifully vibrant and elegant, perfumed blackcurrant and spicy plum fruits, sheer elegance with refined intensity. The palate is sweet, luscious, ripe and concentrated, with fabulous poise from the fine-grained, pin-point tannins and fresh acidity. This is beautifully structured, the extract balanced with fruit sweetness, the palate flowing with energy, tension and life. There’s nothing out of place, and it is all class. It will continue to develop for another 15+ years. 20.0/20 Nov 2013

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