Annual release time for Te Mata Estate

Established in the early 1890s, Te Mata is New Zealand's oldest winery and, like Villa Maria and Babich, proudly family-owned. In the last thirty-odd years, Te Mata Estate have established themselves as a leading force in New Zealand wine, with the Buck families’ Te Mata Coleraine acknowledged globally as one of New Zealand's finest red wines, their Bullnose Syrah considered one of New Zealand's finest examples of New Zealand Syrah, and Elston Chardonnay garnering huge acclaim.

While a family-operated winery, it is the team at Te Mata Estate that ensure this winery remains at the top of the game. You have Chairman John Buck's vast experience and guiding hand, his sons Toby and Nick now firmly involved, and long-time winemaker Peter Cowley's exceptional winemaking skills. The family have the drive and dedication to continue this proud legacy. Fantastic to see three generations of the Buck family working here; they also regularly work in Bordeaux and Burgundy estates to gain experience.

The remarkable consistency that Te Mata Estate has achieved for over thirty-five years is attributable to their control over every aspect of winemaking and, importantly, the longevity of their team. CEO Nicholas Buck explains: "All grapes are harvested exclusively from estate vineyards; we don't source fruit from any other region and our wines are made, matured and bottled on-premise. We have retained an excellent team that have worked together managing the vineyards and the winemaking, vintage after vintage."

Each year in March, Te Mata Estate release the latest vintage of Coleraine, a highly anticipated release with lovers of Fine Wine. Alongside Coleraine, the newest vintage of Syrah and Elston are also released. You’ll find these wines alongside the broader range of Te Mata instore this month and online.

As well as the 750ml bottles of Coleraine, we also have in store large formats: 1.5, 3 litre and larger in store. Large formats are excellent for cellaring wine; the wines take longer to mature in large format bottles, making them the ideal for long term cellaring. Add to that, they are ultra-rare with just a few of each large format released each year; perfect for collectors and gifting.

By: , Wine with Liz Wheadon, Glengarry

Issue 85 March 2018