New Zealand: Just For Starters (Nov 2018)

The 2015 Coleraine is clearly a vintage that requires an hour’s decanting. Initially, the bouquet is overtly fruit-driven, offering raspberry and crushed strawberry scents, but missing Coleraine’s usual complexity. That emerges after aeration, the fruity aromas receding and becoming blacker, and cedar and cigar humidor aromas developing. The palate is medium-bodied and certainly reflective of the richer vintages in recent years, featuring vibrant red cherries and crushed strawberry fruit and well-judged acidity. The smooth, slightly candied finish deserves a couple of years in bottle to develop more personality. Very fine.