After a tricky 2017 vintage in Hawke's Bay Coleraine is back on form in 2018: the warm growing season and lengthy autumn allowed the team at Te Mata the luxury of picking long into April. This is packed with youthful vitality and primary fruit. There is layer upon layer of flavor here from sweet raspberry fruit on entry through cassis cocoa and roses with tea leaf and pencil lead on the lengthy conclusion. It is delicate but there's always an innate intensity within its silken core. The tannins are fine-grained and resolved and the finish is long and drawn out. Another smash hit that will easily improve over the coming two decades. The final blend is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon 33% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc; the wines spent 17 months maturing in French oak. (Drink between 2021-2030)v
The 2018 Coleraine (the current release) is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon 33% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. It's fresh and floral on the nose with hints of green herbs and dark chocolate both complementing vibrant cassis fruit. Medium to full-bodied it's richly textured and actually a bit chunky in its youth possessing a slight excess of flesh that will require age to ameliorate. Of course that also makes it relatively approachable young for folks who don't mind a bit of tannin. Long and concentrated on the finish this looks to be another very successful vintage of Coleraine.