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Press Release - August 2016
11 August 2016

The team at Matawhero were thrilled to be awarded 5 Star and No. 1 wine for our Matawhero 2015 Church House Chenin Blanc in the Cuisine Magazine Specialty Whites tasting for the August/September edition. This follows on from a Gold/Trophy for the 2014 vintage.. read more ...

Press Release - September 2009
1 September 2009

Purchased by the Searle family in 2008, the 15 hectare Matawhero Estate has now been replanted and revitalised. The release of Matawhero wines in Spring 2009 has heralded a rekindling of the reputation and a return of the distinctive qualities the label was so acclaimed for.. read more ...

Peter Saunder’s Picks, Hospitality Magazine November 2009
2 November 2009

“Sensible low-alcohol (11.5%) for the style, plenty of New Zealand characters of the variety whilst subtle and less over than Marlborough. Easy drinking wine ready to be enjoyed especially over the summer months and into 2010.”

Sunday Star Times, 36 hours in Gisborne
4 April 2010

A visit to Matawhero Wines cellar door is a must do on your trip to the Eastland region.

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NZ Herald, Viva - An Icon Revived, Jo Burzynska
2 December 2009

Matawhero Gisborne Viognier 2009 - "This inaugural release from the revived Matawhero label is a rich creamy textured example, with flavours reminscent of apricots served with vanilla icecream and a sprinkle of cinnamon."

Relaxing summer wines - Hi Society, NZ Medical Magazine, Phil Parker
1 January 2010

Matawhero Gisborne Sauvignon Blanc 2009 - "A great Sav for those who steer away from the "dissolve your fillings" acidity of some of the Marlborough Savvies, and those who prefer a softer tropical style. Lovely flavours of melon, lemon/lime, grapefruit and honey. Match with scallops or crayfish."

Next Magazine - Four Sassy Savs for Summer - John Hawkesby
1 March 2010

Matawhero 2009 Sauvignon Blanc - "From a legendary Gisborne winery that's been resurrected, this sav is clean, lean with transparent clarity and just a nod to Chardonnay. More stonefruit and vanilla than cut grass 'rush of blood to the head'".

Wine by Michael Cooper, Listener
24 April 2010

Matawhero 2009 Gisborne Gewurztraminer awarded 4 Stars by winewriter Michael Cooper

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Gisborne Explorer - Next Magazine by Diana Dobson
1 May 2010

A trip to the Matawhero cellar door in Riverpoint Road is a must do in the first city to see the sun

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