51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
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
5 Stars Michael Cooper
"Still a baby, this classy cabernet/merlot demands cellaring, as you would expect. The bouquet is fragrant and complex, the palate is vigorous ( revealing 'bright fruit' characters, says Peter Cowley ) with substantial body (13.5%), strong blackcurrant, plum, spice and nut flavours, firm, ripe tannins and a seamless, lasting finish. Best drinking 2023-plus. $140."
97/100 Bob Campbell MW (2015 vintage)
"A blend of cabernet sauvignon (54%), merlot (36%) and cabernet franc (10%) from estate-owned vineyards. Rich, concentrated and velvety red with blackcurrant, cassis, cedar, black olive, anise, liquorice and nutty oak flavours. An impressively layered wine with a lengthy finish. It can be appreciated now but has obvious potential. 14/11/2017."
18.5+/20 Raymond Chan
Full, dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour. The nose is softly full and elegantly presented with well-packed and dense aromas of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit along with dark herb and mineral notes. Some ethereal black florals, and complexing savoury black olive and nutty oak notes unfold with aeration lending detail. Medium-full bodied, the flavours are bold, up-front and show intensity, with a tightly bound heart, showing ripe dark-red and blackberry fruit, along with blackcurrant notes, dark-red plums and a layering of dark herbs. The fruit is elegantly rich and sweet, and is enlivened by a fine acid edge. The fruit is supported by considerable fine-grained, powdery tannin extraction lending serious structure. The wine carries to an elegant, refreshing, lingering finish. This is a more elegant ‘Coleraine’ with black fruits and plenty of structure and finesse. 10 years easily. Hand-picked fruit, a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 70% new French oak barrels. 18.5+/20 Mar 2018 RRP $129.00
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