Church House Range
The Matawhero Church has graced our wine label since 1975. Our Church House series, a collection of small and unique parcels of wine, is a tribute to this historic building and is inspired by the pioneering spirits of our founders - The late Bill Irwin and his son Denis.
This range of wines allows us to have a little fun in the winery and produce something a little different. We hope you enjoy them!
The vineyard source for these grapes is from the Briant vineyard in the Patutahi region of Gisborne. This vineyard is renowned for producing premium Chardonnay and the wine is made from a mixture of Chardonnay clones; 80% ENTAV INRA 548 and 20% ENTAV 809. The Chardonnay vines achieved good ripeness in 2017 and with low yields came excellent flavours and weight to the fruit.
Light golden colour. Ripe peach and melon layered with butterscotch and toasty oak notes. The palate is big, rich and full with great length and persistence. Enjoy with seafood, white meats and cheeses.
93 Points/5 Star - Wine Orbit
Originally planted in the Loire Valley in France and made by Denis Irwin, one of Matawhero's founders in the 1980s, it is nice to have this varietal back in the Matawhero stable of wines. Aromas of citrus blossom, floral and orange zest. The palate has a nice acidity with stonefruit and honeysuckle.
Amazing with seafood and poultry.
93 POINTS/5 STARS - WINE ORBIT, SAM KIM - NOVEMBER 2016
92/100 POINTS - BOB CAMPBELL MW - MAY 2017
This grape varietal has it's historical home in Spain and Portugal. Very aromatic with hints of citrus and peach. The wine has a lovely lively acidity and is beautiful with seafood, chicken and paella.
GOLD/TROPHY - Gisborne Regional Wine Awards
91 Points/Bob Campbell MW