Matahiwi Blanc de Blanc, 2017 Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, and 2016 Pinot Noir

24-Jan-2018

Owned by Alastair Scott, Matahiwi Estate is one of the greater Wairarapa’s significant wine producers, with 80 ha of vineyards and a modern winery. The Matahiwi wines are excellent representations of the Wairarapa region, and the flagship ‘Holly’ tier is particularly exciting, and well supported by the ‘Estate’ and secondary ’Mt Hector’ tiers. The company sources fruit from Hawke’s Bay for some of the wines. It was announced last year that Miles Dinneen, formerly of Crossroads in Hawke’s Bay had taken over the winemaking role, following the long-serving and thoughtful Jane Cooper who left after 14 years to further pursue her own brand. Miles finished off the 2017 vintage wines, and is anticipating introducing some new ideas for the 2018 vintage. It could be a very auspicious start for Miles, as the 2018 harvest is early and the crops look to be in good health with good crop size. Here, I review the NV Blanc de Blanc, and ‘Estate’ wines, the 2017 Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, the latter from Hawke’s Bay fruit, and the 2016 Pinot Noir. www.matahiwi.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Matahiwi Hawke’s Bay Blanc de Blanc NV
  • Matahiwi Wairarapa Pinot Gris 2017
  • Matahiwi Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017
  • Matahiwi Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2016

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