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4. Te Mata Coleraine

New Zealand is about as far from Bordeaux as you can get, but there are certain similarities that promise greatness from some areas, Hawkes Bay in particular. There you can find some of the cool, damp climate of Bordeaux, but more importantly you can find the gravels, those seeming endlessly deep pools of coarse stone that are good for nothing with one exception: growing fabulous Bordeaux blends.

Te Mata is one of the first growths of New Zealand, not that they have actual first growths. Their wines are setting benchmarks for Bordeaux blends in the region. The Coleraine is a blend of Cabernet and Merlot with a dash of Cabernet Franc added for good measure. It’s a wine that brings together the best traits of both the modern and the traditional and might just represent the greatest value for this style of wine today.
 

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  • Snooth User: Jarel
    158434 7

    Any list that leaves off Ray Krause from Westbrrok Wine Farm is incomplete. His Fait Accompli is one of California's crown jewels. You need to find that and be as stunned as I have been - with each new release.

    Apr 19, 2012 at 1:51 PM


  • Snooth User: davidboyer
    208575 26

    Yes, I saw what you did here Gregory - no complaints from me. I'd say well done!

    David Boyer
    classof1855.com

    Apr 19, 2012 at 2:08 PM


  • Snooth User: Chopine304
    329740 103

    Some price points would have been nice. I love the Ramey Claret. It is my "go to" wine.

    Apr 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM


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