Originally a farm with homestead established in 1854 by John Chambers, it was his son Bernard who, on return from travels in France, planted vineyards on its north facing hills - which are still in use. In 1919 the Chambers sold and the Te Mata Vineyards company was established, to continue until 1975 when two associates, John Buck and Michael Morris, ended their 8 year search for a winery location by purchasing on the historic Te Mata estate. By remaining firmly rooted in a kind of modern traditional approach - quality focussed wines made with long-term expertise and from estate-only vineyards - Te Mata Estate have risen and risen as New Zealand’s benchmark for cellaring quality. Depending on variety, both their middle and top end wines are consistently capable not only of balance and appeal on release, but of aging for multiple decades.
What The Critics Say
19/20 Raymond Chan
"Very full, dark, near impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is very finely presented and elegantly proportioned with detailed perfumes and aromas of ripe black berried fruits along with violet and black floral fragrances, unfolding layers of black pepper and spices. The purity and detail of the florality are the features of the bouquet. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion and tightly bound with a luscuiysly sweet core of dark red and black berry fruits lifted by dark-red and violet florals, fragrant black pepper, spices and liquorice. The fruit sweetness is the feature, but is well-supported by very fine-grained tannins lending a refined core and positive linearity. The acidity is beautifully integrated and provides the energy for the wine to carry to a very long, elegant, detailed finish of florals and spices. This is a very elegant deliciously luscious Syrah with aromatic detail and a supple, fine-grained structure. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 5-7 years. 25% MS clone, 35% 470, 25% 174 and 15% Chave clone, the fruit 75% from the ‘Bullnose’ and 25% from the neighbouring ‘Isosceles’ vineyards, fully destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc. the wine spending 28 days on skins and aged 15 months in 37% new French oak barriques."
95/100 Bob Campbell
"A dense, classy Syrah with violet, pepper, liquorice and dark berry flavours. Elegant wine with nice acidity and plenty of energy. It has a backbone of ripe tannins that promise good ageing potential. A slightly more edgy Syrah than the usual offerings from Hawke’s Bay and all the better for it."
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