The auction of a unique collection of Te Mata Coleraine not only made a stir within the wine media, it also made the record books.
The "remarkable" auction result, which saw the 32-vintage collection of Coleraine fetch $19,000, left Te Mata Estate's sales and marketing manager Toby Buck smiling.
The sum would go to a cause his family had long been devoted to — Cranford Hospice.
"It's all just great for Hawke's Bay," Buck said.
The news raced across the winemaking and wine media landscape with Fine & Rare Wines specialist Marcus Atkinson noting that the result had effectively made it two records in a row for Te Mata Estate.
In 2016 a Coleraine vertical collection went for $6500 under the hammer at an auction in Auckland.
It equated to $195 a bottle and became the largest single wine collection and overall auction price for any New Zealand wine.
"Until now," he said.
"At almost $600 a bottle this is the highest auction price achieved for any collection of New Zealand wine," he said of the recent auction staged in Napier as a build-up to the Hawke's Bay Wine Auction next month.
The collection had been generously donated by the Stewart family of Hastings and had been put together over 20 years.
It was bought by Maraekakaho couple Simon and Natasha Gilbertson, with Simon Gilbertson echoing the desire of the Stewart family to give to a fine cause like Cranford.
Nick Stewart said his father Don and mother Mary had "quite a journey" to gather their vertical collection together which dated back to the very first Coleraine vintage in 1982.
They had begun collecting the Coleraines after moving back to Hawke's Bay in 2000 and Nick Stewart said his personal favourite vintage was the 1989.
He described the record-breaking sales result as "fantastic" and praised the "wonderful support from a wonderful couple" in doing what they did for the hospice cause.
The result came as no surprise for many wine writers, including several from across the Tasman. Huon Hooke of Australia's The Real Review described Coleraine as "a great wine from the very first vintage".
Andrew Graham of The Australian Wine Review said Coleraine possessed a reputation for unwavering consistency.
"Please world, make every vertical like this," he said.
Earlier this month The Australian featured a profile of Te Mata Estate and described its Coleraine as "a beautifully elegant expression of Hawke's Bay that has cemented its reputation as one of New Zealand's finest wines".
Coleraine connoisseurs and devotees have only a little over four months to wait for the next addition to the globally-lauded line.
Coleraine '17 will be available on March 1 next year.