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!
Originally from Austria this grape variety the fruit for this wine is grown at the Tietjen vineyard in Gisborne. A restrained nose with hints of citrus blossom, mandarin and red apple, the palate is subtle with a hint of sweetness which dried out nicely.
Grüner is a wonderful food wine that can be match with an array of cuisines including sushi, fish, seafood and curries.
Arneis historical home is Piedmont in Northern Italy, and is a difficult variety to grow. Due to this it nearly disappeared as a variety and is often referred to as the "little rascal". Grown in Gisborne at the Bells vineyard in Hexton, this was the first planting of Arneis in Gisborne in 2004.
Incredible with fish, appetisers and white meat.
GOLD - AIR NZ WINE AWARDS 2014
GOLD/TROPHY - GISBORNE REGIONAL WINE AWARDS 2014
5 STAR - SAM KIM, WINE ORBIT
The clone used here is the ENTAV-INRA 548, a new clone imported from France which is suited to barrel fermentation. The clone is usually early ripening and produces full-bodied, balanced, meaty wines with complex aromas.
Ripe melon and fig notes on the nose with hints of oak. The palate is big, rich and full with great length and persistence.
Enjoy with seafood, white meats and cheeses.
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
Grown at the Tietjen vineyard Lifted aromatic notes of Doris plum, dark fruits and dusty herbs. The palate is big and fruity with a ripe tannic finish.
Lovely with any red meat dishes.
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