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 2020 vintage (5) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (57 per cent), Merlot (36 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (7 per cent). A wine of rare breed, it is dark and powerful, with bottomless depth of blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, displaying lovely ripeness and complexity, that build to a finely textured, resounding finish. A great wine, it's well worth cellaring, to enjoy over the next two decades.
Type: Red Wines
Variety: Branded and Other Red Wines
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $129 NZD
Value for Money: AV
This wine is a Super Classic.
Vintage: 2018; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 38
Vintage: 2017; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 20 – 32
Vintage: 2016; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 30
Vintage: 2015; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 30
Vintage: 2014; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 28
Vintage: 2013; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 33
Vintage: 2012; Winemaker’s Rating: NM/7; When to Drink: NM – NM
Vintage: 2011; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 23
Vintage: 2010; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 22
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.
Reviewed June 2022