Te Mata Hawke’s Bay Bullnose Syrah 2020

7 September 2023By Yvonne

Te Mata Hawke’s Bay Bullnose Syrah 2020 $68-$80 One of New Zealand’s true icons, not just for Syrah but for wine in general. Grown in the iron-rich soils of the Bridge Pa Triangle, Te Mata’s Bullnose vineyard, is a 15-hectare site planted in 1990 and it’s home to former winemaker Peter Cowley and his family. … Read More

Te Mata Estate Awatea Cabernets Merlot 2020

8 December 2022By Yvonne

Te Mata Estate Awatea Cabernets Merlot 2020 $40 If I were in a hostage situation and the gunman said “Somebody better tell me what’s the greatest local Bordeaux-style red wine that I can buy for under fifty bucks, in the next five seconds or the granny gets it!” I would be hollering “Te Mata Awatea … Read More

Te Mata Elston Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020

21 August 2022By Yvonne

Te Mata Elston Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020 $37-$43 There’s a reason why 2020 will go down as one of the greatest Hawke’s Bay vintages of the century. Not just that somehow during a nationwide lockdown and under incredibly tricky, worker safety conditions, did the wines even get made – but the ripening season was a … Read More

The Greatest Te Mata Estate Coleraine Vintage Ever?

30 January 2022By Yvonne

Te Mata Estate Hawke’s Bay Coleraine 2020 $130 2020 heralds the 36th release of New Zealand’s most famous red wine and the one that the Buck family are calling “the best in Te Mata’s history”. CEO Nick Buck said 2020 was “Simply perfect” and with tiny berries, alongside massive extract and tension, Te Mata’s winemaker … Read More

Te Mata Coleraine 2018

23 May 2021By Yvonne

Te Mata Coleraine 2018 $115 (5 stars) Sweet fruits, raspberry and cocoa, quite a bit of cabernet franc in the blend and it shows beautifully, lithe and lovely and lifted there’s a great impression, tobacco, saddle leather, pomegranate, richness and the tannins are finely tuned yet tight and fabulously furry – yet the fruit is … Read More

Te Mata Estate Cape Crest Sauvignon 2014

2 March 2016By Yvonne

Te Mata Estate Cape Crest Sauvignon 2014 $30 ★★★★½  I love the fragrance of passionfruit curd, lemon blossom and hints of herbaceousness in this wine. Crafted from prime Hawke’s Bay sauvignon blanc, blended with a splash of semillon and sauvignon gris, it’s an out-there kind of style that’s less of a ‘sauvignon’ and more a … Read More

Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2007

24 September 2012By Yvonne

2007 Te Mata Cape Crest $30 (★★★★★) is sublime and then some.  Delicious toasty notes on the nose combine with elderflower, freshly milled timber and crushed herb characters all followed by a burst of white peach and lime and finished with harmonious, honeysuckle-like loveliness.  Delicate and minerally with a seam of coconut and lime pannacotta running … Read More

Te Mata Elston Chardonnay 2010

16 December 2011By Yvonne

Lovers of the Te Mata Elston Chardonnay 2010 $35  will also be pleased to know that Buck believes “in all modesty, the 2010 Elston is probably the best version we’ve ever done”.  2010 was a sensational year for Hawke’s Bay chardonnay and I’ve got to agree with John, this wine is unbelievably gorgeous.  Fresh, crisp and crunchy … Read More

Te Mata Coleraine 2009

16 December 2011By Yvonne

The Te Mata Coleraine 2009 $80  is absolutely destined for greatness.  A blend of 52% cabernet sauvignon, 43% merlot and 5% cabernet franc, the colour is impenetrably inky, glossy magenta-black. Perfumed with dark berries, exotic spices cocoa and rose, it oozes plush, plump fruit, soft, smoky notes, youthful acidity and has silky, ribbon-like tannins on the finish.  … Read More