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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
Matariki Syrah 2001
Matariki Syrah 2001
(search item no. 94345)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $11.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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

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About Matariki:

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.