Matua 2014 ‘Single Vineyard’ Range Retasted

19-Nov-2014
At the end of August, I attended the 2014 release of the Matua ‘Single Vineyard’ wines. The event was held at The Blue Breeze Inn where the wines were served with a matched Asian-themed menu designed to show the wines in a natural table setting. The wines were very impressive, and have received good press (click here to see my report). Since then, Matua has had considerable show success with the wines, the most recent being a very strong showing at the 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Of the 8 wines at the release, 4 were awarded gold, these being the Albarino, Merlot, Merlot/Malbec and Syrah. The Sauvignon Blanc and two Pinot Noir wines were awarded silvers. The 2014 range of wines are a full and broad representation of the best from Matua, and they signal a serious return to the top level of New Zealand wine. They are the results of considerable focus by the company’s viticultural and winemaking teams, which viticulturist Richard Shenfield and winemaker Nikolai St George give full credit to. I have had the opportunity of reassessing the wines with the benefit of another 2 months in bottle, in more controlled conditions. Here are my reviews. www.matua.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Matua ‘Single Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Albarino 2014
  • Matua ‘Single Vineyard’ Awatere Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Matua ‘Single Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013
  • Matua ‘Single Vineyard’ Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
  • Matua ‘Single Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
  • Matua ‘Single Vineyard’ ‘Matheson’ Merlot Hawke’s Bay 2013
  • Matua ‘Single Vineyard’ ‘Matheson’ Merlot/Malbec Hawke’s Bay 2013
  • Matua ‘Single Vineyard’ ‘Matheson’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013

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