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TE MATA

Te Mata Estate is New Zealand’s oldest family owned winery. Founded in 1892 by an English immigrant, the winery still uses the original plots nestled into the lower slopes of Te Mata Peak, a dramatic rocky out crop that towers above the flat plains of Hawke’s Bay. The vines grow only a couple miles from the ocean and are perfectly tempered by cool sea breezes. These sites are perfectly positioned for balanced, wines with the concentration, power and finessed I have come to expect from Hawke’s Bay. The estate is now owned by the Buck family and has been under their guardianship for over 40 years.

During that time the wines have gone from strength to strength and today Te Mata is arguably the most prestigious property in the country. One thing even more certain is that Te Mata’s flagship wine “Coleraine” is considered the most age worthy red wine in the country capable of cellaring like the finest wines of Bordeaux. The estate also produces other Bordeaux style blends, Chardonnay, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon, Viognier and Gamay! The Icon wines (Coleraine, Bullnose, Elston, Zara and Cape Crest) are some of the finest wines you will come across regardless of origin and I am excited to be working direct with such a prestigious producer.