Brick Bay 2014 Pinot Gris and Rosé, and 2010 Reds

Brick Bay is one of the most prominent wine labels from Matakana, one hour’s drive north of Auckland featuring very successful Pinot Gris and Bordeaux varietal reds. Brick Bay was established when the Didsbury family purchased a farm in the district in 1986. The name Brick Bay is taken from brickworks sited on a bay on the eastern side of the property. The Didsburys have developed their holdings to express wine and art with their Brick Bay wine label and a sculpture trail. 5 ha of vines were planted in 1995, to 25% Pinot Gris and 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. The proportions have changed by top grafting to increase the Pinot Gris, and the vineyard was extended in 2003 by a further 1 ha planting with Pinot Gris and Petit Verdot. The Didsburys have introduced Chardonnay to the mix. Brian Breen is the vineyard manager. The wines from the very start have been made by Anthony Ivicevich joined by James Rowan at the West Brook winery. Christine Didsbury takes an active part in the winemaking especially with respect to styles and blending. Here I review the 2014 Pinot Gris and Rosé, and 2010 reds. The Didsburys prefer to release the red wines with some bottle age.


  • Brick Bay Matakana Pinot Gris 2014
  • Brick Bay Matakana Rosé 2014
  • Brick Bay Matakana ‘Martello Rock’ 2010
  • Brick Bay Matakana Merlot 2010
  • Brick Bay Matakana ‘Pharos’ 2010

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