Te Mata Estate, Coleraine 2014
The second hottest and second earliest vintage on record, 2014 is a stunning follow up to the 2013. This precocious vintage benefited from judiciously timed rainfall that was never excessive. Rich, ripe and fleshy blackcurrant and berry fruits dominate the palate, supported by spicy oak on the finish. For Coleraine this is quite a forward style, but perhaps without the intense focus of the 2013. It needs at least 2-3 years for the rather firm tannins to meld.
Tasters: Andy Howard