Matariki ‘Reserve’ Merlot/Cabernet 2009 Revisited

Last week, I reviewed a trio of Matariki red wines which included the ‘Reserve’ Merlot/Cabernet 2009. I found the wine absolutely typical of a Gimblett Gravels Merlot-based blend, and showed the ripeness of the year. It also sat below the ‘Les Filles’ tier standard, showing how the judgement of quality and the proper approach to declassification resulted in this wine being placed into the ‘Reserve’ range. The wine earned a 16.5/20 score and a 3-star rating on this showing from me, and with this assessment, the review of the wine was published on this website.

My only concern with the wine was that it was shy in expression on nose and palate. Being cork-sealed, rather than closed by a screwcap, could this be the effects of a poor cork, with TCA stripping or scalping the fruit and flavour? If so, this would be a classic case of the most insidious effects of cork taint, where any lesser opinion of the wine is attributed to the character and quality of the wine itself, rather than the cork. I’ve asked for another sample, and on this occasion, the wine tastes better, with a resulting higher rating. This review, score and star rating has replaced those from the bottle conducted last week. (To see the review of this wine in the context of the other two wines tasted originally, click here.)


  • Matariki ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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