Coleraine, I feel, is probably The Great Wine of New Zealand. Or at least it is for a fellow who prefers Cabernet to Pinot Noir... A head-spinning array of violet, red and black fruits, gentle spiced biscuit oak, green olive, and lead pencil. It’s medium-bodied, succulent, yet firm, with toothsome tannin, a beautiful mouth-perfume, black tea and small just ripe berries, and a finish where freshness, vibrancy and tannin push the wine very long. A classic vintage. Stunning wine. Precision. Drink 2019-2038+
97 points, Wine Front, March 2018
Darker, riper fruit notes dominate the bouquet: black and red fruits with some typical violet and blueberry grace notes. It's a bright, fresh, tightly-focused wine with terrific line and length. Full-bodied, with abundant fleshy extract and tannin structure providing appropriate grip. This seems a riper style and very good indeed. Drink 2020-2044.
96 points, Real Review, August 2018
Medium to full purple/red, youthful colour. Dark fruits, subtle violets, raspberry, blueberry and blood plum aromas, the palate sinewy and tangy with bright acidity and a touch of leanness. The acidity is lively but balanced. Elegant and intense, it has potential. It seems leaner and less powerful than recent Coleraines, but very much in the groove. It responded to airing, and was even better the next day. Drink 2020-2041.
96 points, Real Review, April 2018