100 POINTS | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit "This 2021 Coleraine is undeniably 'The Greatest of All Time’ of New Zealand wine"
98 POINTS | James Suckling "Terrific length"
97+ POINTS | Gary Walsh, The Wine Front "Incredible wine"
97+ POINTS | Huon Hooke, The Real Review "A top vintage"
FIVE STARS | Michael Cooper "A magical Hawke's Bay wine"
Orders of 6 bottles of Coleraine 2021 (or multiples thereof) will be shipped in wooden cellar six packs.
On March 1 Te Mata Estate released a new vintage of Coleraine. This is always the most important event on the New Zealand wine calendar and the hype surrounding another exemplary Hawke's Bay vintage suggests that Coleraine 2021 will join an elite group of the finest ever releases of this iconic label. This prediction has been confirmed by Te Mata who have described the 2021 as 'The One'. It is a blend of 56% cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot & 12% cabernet franc.
With a phenomenal 100pt score already in, this is clearly a Coleraine for the ages and a must-have vintage for serious collectors and investors alike.
We have a small allocation of Coleraine magnums available. These are always highly sought after and sell through quickly. These are listed separately on our website.
56% cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot & 12% cabernet franc.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit writes "The 2021 Coleraine exhibits a commanding presence and majestic poise. The bouquet reveals classic aromas of cassis, dark plum and violet with whispering nuances of cedar and cigar. There are hints of warm spices, compounding the pleasure upon inhalation. The palate is bold and graceful at once, enhanced by plush texture and multi-layered mouthfeel, beautifully framed by refreshing acidity and fine chalky tannins. Robust and substantial with a great line and length, which seem to go on to infinity. This youthful wine is already impossible to resist, but time will reward those who can wait. In sports, they often talk about ‘The Greatest of All Time’, or 'The GOAT'. This 2021 Coleraine is undeniably THE GOAT of New Zealand wine. At its best: 2030 to 2055."
James Suckling writes “Redcurrant and creme de cassis aromas. Roses. So aromatic. Stones. Oyster and mussel shell. Ink pot. Lead pencil shavings. Full-bodied but very tight and focused. Linear and long with fine, powdery and chewy tannins. Crushed velvet texture. 56% cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot, and 12% cabernet franc. More franc than normal in the blend. Terrific length. Try after 2028."
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front writes "Dark and intense, lots of perfume, red and black fruits, tobacco, a leafy pop that’s pure varietal class, creamy oak, lead pencils, aniseed and spice. Medium to full-bodied, a flood of flavour, super ‘mineral’ feel to the acidity, tannin is superb, and the finish is so long. Light but so dense. There’s a fresh raspberry juiciness here too, and an extra dimension of tension and energy. All the graphite and presence. Incredible wine. Drink: 2026-2045+."
Huon Hooke, The Real Review writes "Very deep bright purple colour; the bouquet shows similar mulberry, blackcurrant and raspberry fruit aromas as the Awatea but the wine is more concentrated all-round and shows a little more oak (65% new). There are violet notes and a sprinkle of spices including nutmeg too. The tannins are more persuasive and mouthcoating also, and the length is prodigious. A smashing cabernet blend, and a top vintage for this wine."
Michael Cooper writes "Breed, rather than brute power, is the hallmark of Coleraine (correctly pronounced Cole-raine rather than Coler-aine), which since its first vintage in 1982 has carved out an illustrious reputation among New Zealand's claret-style reds. 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 and hand-picked in the Havelock North hills, in the company's warm, north-facing Buck and 1892 vineyards, and the wine is matured for 16 to 20 months in French oak barriques, predominantly new. The very elegant, beautifully poised 2021 vintage (5) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (56 per cent), Merlot (32 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (12 per cent). Highly refined, it is deeply coloured and mouthfilling, with fresh, notably concentrated blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, hints of herbs and nuts, lovely complexity and a lasting finish. Best drinking 2026+."
The winery writes "The deep crimson colour of Coleraine ‘21, edged in royal purple, is the first clue to this wine’s exceptional character. Pure Hawke’s Bay cabernet aromatics leap from the glass – wild blackberry, blackcurrant, thyme, and cedar, all interwoven with that signature Coleraine perfume of fresh roses. The palate precisely balances richness with vibrant energy; modern and varietally expressive, with cassis, raspberry, mocha, spice, and a distinctive minerality that is uniquely 2021. The fruit ripeness is so succulent, it cloaks those profound, chiselled tannins that carry the palate on endlessly. With perfume, power, finesse, and length this is an absolute original."