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Matariki is a family-owned Hawkes Bay winery born from a passionate belief of John and Rosemary O'Connor that great wines are
made in the vineyard. In 1981 they instinctively recognized the potential of Gimblett Road in Hawkes Bay as a unique and exceptional
wine-producing area. The area has been referred to by Daniel Roberts, Director of Research for Kendall-Jackson as "capable
of producing red wines equal to the world's best."
Deep and intense ruby / garnet in color. The nose is a complex mix of plum, blackberry, clove and cinnamon. Fruit driven, but
subtle integrated smoke and tar nuances from aging in French oak barriques. On the palate this wine is complex game / peppery
flavours. Big structure displaying refined and integrated tannins and cedar oak, which lingers on the finish.
"Shows the characteristic herbal and peppery notes of Rhône-style
Syrah, accenting crisp blackberry fruit. Complex on the palate, wrapping
the herbs and peppers tightly around rich fruit to the point that
they're really inseparable."- Wine Enthusiast
Matariki is a family owned Hawkes Bay winery born from a passionate belief of the proprietors, John and Rosemary O’Connor, that great wines are made in the vineyard.
In 1981, they instinctively recognized the potential of Gimblett Road in Hawkes Bay as a unique and exceptional wine-producing area.
Now, as owners of the largest individual vineyard in Gimblett Road, they are proud to be a part of what is described as "one of the best vineyard areas in the country" and which produces numerous national and international award-winning wines.
Hawkes Bay is the second largest wine region, following Marlborough. The area is known for its shmorgasborg of different microclimates and soils. Gimblett Gravels, while sounding like a character out of Lord of the Rings, is a soil and a district in the area. Gimblett Gravels are a gravelly mix that absorb and retain heat, much like the soils of Graves in Bordeaux or Chateauneuf du...Read More About Hawkes Bay
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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