Te Mata Estate is one of New Zealand's most highly regarded wineries, known for producing some of the country's most iconic and sought-after wines. Originally established by English migrant John Chambers in 1854 but it wasn’t until 1892 that the winery started to take off. After returning on a trip from France, third son Bernard had the idea to plant vineyards on the north-facing hills around Havelock North mimicking those of the Medoc. With over 100 years of winemaking under their best belt which is rare for a young winemaking country like New Zealand, the great Robert Parker has called Te Mata “New Zealand’s greatest winery” whilst Decanter has called it “New Zealand's first growth”. "Te Mata is the maker of Coleraine, New Zealand's closest thing to a Bordeaux classed growth, which can age well for two decades and more" highlights Rebecca Gibb MW (Vinous).
The flagship wine of Te Mata Estate is the Coleraine, a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. This wine is widely regarded as one of New Zealand's finest red wines, and is known for its depth, complexity, and elegance. The Coleraine is a true expression of the Hawkes Bay terroir and is a testament to Te Mata's commitment to quality and excellence. James Suckling has previously called the wine “New Zealand’s Sassicaia”. The winery has been on a good roll of vintages with the 2019 and 2020 receiving 100 points.