Cabernet Blend, New Zealand

Winemakers often blend Cabernet Sauvignon with other grape varietals (such as Merlot and Shiraz) as it enhances complexity within the wine whilst giving the fruitier varieties a framework and structure to sit within. The addition of other grapes to Cabernet tends to soften out the harsher tannins.

Cabernet blends from Coonawarra, Margaret River and Langhorne Creek are the most commonly known in Australia with Bordeaux and Languedoc the most iconic regions in France for making Cabernet blends.
The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the south Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.
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  1. Te Mata Estate 'Awatea' Cabernet Merlot 2017
    Closed with a natural cork that will allow Awatea to continue to evolve in bottle and provide great enjoyment up to 10 years from harvest. Swirls around lush aromas of blackberry, blueberry and bay leaf. A sumptuous core of ripe, dark ... Learn More
  2. Te Mata Estate 'Coleraine' 2018
    With an exceptionally warm, classic, long summer - Vintage 2018 gave us an explosion of flavour and colour! Continued sunshine gave us the chance to keep ripening our reds right through until 20 April. The reds have incredibly deep colours and ripe, ... Learn More
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  3. Te Mata Estate 'Coleraine' 2019
    Originally a single vineyard wine, from 1989 Coleraine has been an assemblage of the finest wines produced from distinct plots within Te Mata Estate’s oldest vineyards on the Havelock Hills. 2019 was a warm, dry, easy grape-growing season that has produced ... Learn More
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  4. Te Mata Estate 'Coleraine' 2016
    Coleraine is New Zealand’s most famous red wine - rivals the very best wines from Bordeaux, France. The final blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Brilliant magenta, Coleraine ’16 entices with concentrated rose syrup, fresh, fragrant raspberry, wild ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  5. Te Mata Coleraine 2017
    The final blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Coleraine derives its name from the Coleraine vineyard, home of John and Wendy Buck of Te Mata Estate. John’s late grandfather was born in Coleraine in Northern Ireland and ... Learn More
    Te Mata Coleraine 2017
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  6. Te Mata Estate 'Coleraine' 2017
    The final blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Coleraine derives its name from the Coleraine vineyard, home of John and Wendy Buck of Te Mata Estate. John’s late grandfather was born in Coleraine in Northern Ireland and ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  7. Te Mata Coleraine 2015
    Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognised wines exclusively from its Hawkes Bay vineyards. Under the direction of John Buck. Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour, with a slightly lighter edge. The nose is beautifully ... Learn More
    Te Mata Coleraine 2015
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    Sam Kim
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  8. Te Mata Estate 'Coleraine' 2016 (Magnum)
    Coleraine is New Zealand’s most famous red wine - rivals the very best wines from Bordeaux, France. The final blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Brilliant magenta, Coleraine ’16 entices with concentrated rose syrup, fresh, fragrant raspberry, wild ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  9. Stonyridge Larose 2008
    The StonyRidge Larose is a wine shrouded in awe. A Bordeaux Blend sourced from a site planted on Waiheke Island that is almost impossible to secure. One of the best New World Expressions of Cabernet, the Larose is held with ... Learn More
    Stonyridge Larose 2008
    $330.00 Per item
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    Neal Martin
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  10. Stonyridge Larose 2007
    The StonyRidge Larose is a wine shrouded in awe. A Bordeaux Blend sourced from a site planted on Waiheke Island that is almost impossible to secure. One of the best New World Expressions of Cabernet, the Larose is held with ... Learn More
    Stonyridge Larose 2007
    $330.00 Per item
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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  11. Stonyridge Larose 2006
    The StonyRidge Larose is a wine shrouded in awe. A Bordeaux Blend sourced from a site planted on Waiheke Island that is almost impossible to secure. One of the best New World Expressions of Cabernet, the Larose is held with ... Learn More
    Stonyridge Larose 2006
    $330.00 Per item
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  12. Stonyridge Larose 2005
    The StonyRidge Larose is a wine shrouded in awe. A Bordeaux Blend sourced from a site planted on Waiheke Island that is almost impossible to secure. One of the best New World Expressions of Cabernet, the Larose is held with ... Learn More
    Stonyridge Larose 2005
    $330.00 Per item
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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  13. Stonyridge Larose 2004
    The StonyRidge Larose is a wine shrouded in awe. A Bordeaux Blend sourced from a site planted on Waiheke Island that is almost impossible to secure. One of the best New World Expressions of Cabernet, the Larose is held with ... Learn More
    Stonyridge Larose 2004
    $330.00 Per item
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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  14. Stonyridge Larose 2003
    The StonyRidge Larose is a wine shrouded in awe. A Bordeaux Blend sourced from a site planted on Waiheke Island that is almost impossible to secure. One of the best New World Expressions of Cabernet, the Larose is held with ... Learn More
    Stonyridge Larose 2003
    $330.00 Per item
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  15. Stonyridge Larose 2002
    The StonyRidge Larose is a wine shrouded in awe. A Bordeaux Blend sourced from a site planted on Waiheke Island that is almost impossible to secure. One of the best New World Expressions of Cabernet, the Larose is held with ... Learn More
    Stonyridge Larose 2002
    $330.00 Per item
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  16. Stonyridge Larose 2000
    The StonyRidge Larose is a wine shrouded in awe. A Bordeaux Blend sourced from a site planted on Waiheke Island that is almost impossible to secure. One of the best New World Expressions of Cabernet, the Larose is held with ... Learn More
    Stonyridge Larose 2000
    $350.00 Per item
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  17. Stonyridge Larose 1999
    The StonyRidge Larose is a wine shrouded in awe. A Bordeaux Blend sourced from a site planted on Waiheke Island that is almost impossible to secure. One of the best New World Expressions of Cabernet, the Larose is held with ... Learn More
    Stonyridge Larose 1999
    $350.00 Per item
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  18. Stonyridge Larose 2001
    The StonyRidge Larose is a wine shrouded in awe. A Bordeaux Blend sourced from a site planted on Waiheke Island that is almost impossible to secure. One of the best New World Expressions of Cabernet, the Larose is held with ... Learn More
    Stonyridge Larose 2001
    $350.00 Per item
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  19. The 15 Year Twin Pack (Stonyridge Larose 2006 & 2007)

    Twin Pack from 2006/2007 of one of the most revered wines in New Zealand
    6 x Twin packs available which include
    1 x 2006
    1 x 2007

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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
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  20. The 20 Year 3 Pack (Stonyridge Larose 1999, 2000, 2001)

    Exceptional opportunity to taste a fully mature trio of vintages from the turn of the century.
    1 x 3 pack available which includes
    1 x 1999
    1 x 2000
    1 x 2001

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    Bob Campbell MW
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  21. Collectors 5 Bottle Pack (Stonyridge Larose 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008)

    5 x bottle collectors pack to showcase some of the best vintages of this Cult Icon.
    3 x 5 bottle packs that include
    1 x 2002
    1 x 2003
    1 x 2004
    1 x 2005
    1 x 2008

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