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2010 Te Mata Coleraine Bordeaux Blend

New ZealandRedHighly RecommendInternationalPrivate Cellar

$ 200.00 AUD


Breed, rather than brute power, is the hallmark of Coleraine, which since its first vintage in 1982 has carved out an illustrious reputation among New Zealand’s claret-style reds. It is no longer labelled as a Cabernet/Merlot, but in all vintages since 2007, Cabernet Sauvignon has been the predominant variety. At its best, it is a magical Hawke’s Bay wine, with a depth, complexity and subtlety on the level of a top-class Bordeaux. The grapes are grown in the Havelock North hills, in the company’s warm, north-facing Buck and 1892 vineyards, and the wine is matured for 18 to 20 months in French oak barriques, predominantly new. The very classy 2010 vintage (5*), Cabernet Sauvignon accounted for 58 per cent of the blend (its highest proportion for a decade), followed by Merlot 36 per cent and Cabernet Franc 6 per cent (Malbec is definitely not in the recipe).

Region - New Zealand

Type - Red

Year - 2010

Winery - Best of New Zealand

Grape - Cabernet Blend (Bordeaux Blend)

Volume - Standard - 750ml

About the wine

Tasting notes

Deeply coloured, it is beautifully fragrant, weighty and supple, with deep blackcurrant, plum, spice and coffee flavours in a supremely elegant and savoury style, showing great finesse and harmony. Sure to be long-lived.

Wine descriptors

Captivating and Complex, Elegant and Fine, For the Cellar, Smooth and Seductive, Something Special

Fruit aromas & flavour

Cherries, Dark Berries, Plum

Other aromas & flavour

Earth, Meaty, Oak, Spices

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Red Meat







Spicy Foods

Cured Meats


The Grape

Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blends are made up of a combination of traditional grapes found in the region of Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc are the dominant varieties used in these blends, but you'll also find Petit Verdot, Malbec, Carménère and other supporting grapes. The firm, structured and tannic Left Bank Bordeaux reds are typically Cabernet Sauvignon dominant, whereas the more juicy, lush and approachable Right Bank Bordeaux reds have Merlot as their primary grape. These wines are some of the world's greatest expressions and have been made to last decades!

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