Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour, with a slightly lighter edge. The nose is beautifully elegant with stylish proportions and expressed with finesse, showing ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit with cassis liqueur, lifted by fragrant dark red florals, subtle notes of dark herbs, and enriched by pencilly oak. Medium-full bodied, the fruit sweetness and richness is the immediate feature on the palate with concentrated and intense, layered flavours of blackberries and blackcurrants, cassis and black plums, along with herbs, floral elements and minerals, unfolding pencilly oak. The fruit richness is balanced by considerable tannin extraction, the mouthfeel very fine-textured and powdery. This has an underlying vitality, freshness and power, carrying the plush fruit flavours to a very long, lingering, textural finish. This is a classically structured, ageworthy Cabernet blend with refined opulence. 10-15 years. A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the fruit predominantly from Havelock with a portion from the ‘Bullnose’ vineyard, hand-picked and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 17 months in 70% new French oak barrels.
The wine has everything in place, and nothing out of place. It is striking and restrained at the same time, and delivers youthful charm of classic young Bordeaux, offering concentration, purity and complexity all in this gracious package that is Coleraine ‘15. Cassis, dark plum, violet, cigar and roasted almond lead to a palate that is perfectly proportioned and detailed with focus and structure, wonderfully enhanced by delectable fruit flavours and elegant oak infusion. Seamless and persistent with a promise to develop magnificently.
Deep red/purple colour and a ripe berry aroma which recalls blueberry, blackberry and raspberry. A fine, balanced but persuasive tannin grip, and excellent persistence. Very stylish wine with a big future. A top vintage for this wine. (Huon Hooke)
Aromas of sweet pipe tobacco, rich blueberry, mulberry and blueberry fruits as well as nicely played oak influence adding spicy allure, some stony nuances too. Smells deep and rich. The palate plays a very supple and smooth textural game with impressive richness of dark cherry and berry flavour leading into a bright, lively and upbeat finish that has tinges of cocoa powder flavour. Smooth resolve, all class. Balanced now but there's more to come. This will fill out nicely. Best from 2020. *Rank 20 of Top 50 NZ Wines of 2017*
The 2015 Coleraine is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Fragrant as always, hinting at violets, tobacco and cassis, it's also a broad-shouldered vintage, with substantial power and tannin. The oak is beautifully integrated into the wine already, appearing as classy Pauillac-like pencil shavings on the lengthy finish. (JC)
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