Matakana Estate ‘ME’ 2016 Sauvignon and Rose, and 2015 Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir

Matakana Estate was established by the Vegar-Fitzgerald family with Croatian winemaking history. They planted vines in the district in 1996, and quickly gained a reputation for producing some of the best wines of the Matakana region. Following a period of difficult trading, the business was acquired by a New Zealand syndicate of shareholders at the start of 2012 to continue and grow the standing of the company. The shareholders have strong export contacts, especially in China and Australia, but are keen to re-establish themselves on the domestic market.

Matakana Estate has 11 ha of vines at the home site, planted to Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Syrah. The company also access to estate fruit from a Marlborough vineyard, giving Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. The wines produced under the accessible ‘ME’ range, the ‘Reserve’ range which offers more sophistication, and the top-end ‘Limited Edition’ range. The company supplements its Matakana and Marlborough estate grape with contract fruit from Hawke’s Bay and the Wairarapa. Richard Robson is the winemaker, with the company for over 10 years. Here, I review wines under the ‘ME’ range, the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé, and 2015 Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, all from Marlborough fruit.


  • Matakana Estate ‘ME’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Matakana Estate ‘ME’ Pinot Noir Rosé Marlborough 2016
  • Matakana Estate ‘ME’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
  • Matakana Estate ‘ME’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015

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