Cruise to the top of Hawke’s Bay Te Mata peak and (funnily enough) you’ll be able to spot Te Mata estate. It’s the home of one of NZ’s flagship Bordeaux reds, Te Mata Coleraine!
But if $100 a bottle stretches the purse strings a bit far there’s no shame in hooking into their Estate Merlot Cabernet blend – it’s not their number one selling wine for no reason after all!
About half of the blend is Merlot, while the typical Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon make up the rest. Lovely soft, rich, ripe fruit flavours that make it the perfect bottle to whip out for the Sunday lamb roast.