Matahiwi Estate 'Reserve Selection' Pinot Noir 2016
- Medium bodied
An awesome young pinot from a great Kiwi producer, this silky little number offers up rich and intense fruits, throwing around flavours of plum, blueberry and spice. Part of the producer’s Premium Range, it’s a vino that has garnered 93 points from Sam Kim and a big smile from us at the ‘Fo once it crossed our lips. As fresh as the beautiful Wairarapa region it hails from, it won’t be seen again at this price once it sells out so don’t miss it if you’re a pinot lover.
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Matahiwi Estate is another New Zealand wine success story. For such a small country, Kiwi's do an exceptional job on the world stage. Alastair Scott is a passionate wine man (aren't we all?), born and bred in the beautiful Wairarapa Valley on the north island. He dreamt of making world class wines. Back in the day (some 100 years pre-Alastair), an Italian wine scientist identified the Wairarapa Valley as ideal for growing grapes. Fast forward to today and Matahiwi Estate does the region proud with their stable of award-winning wines, while nurturing the land with sustainable practices. So Alastair’s dream came true, and he now spends his time spreading the very good word of Matahiwi wines around the world.
Maori for 'glistening waters', Wairarapa is a small region around Wellington, at the very bottom of New Zealand's north island. It includes the subregions of Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton. If the names Dry River, Martinborough Vineyards and Ata Rangi ring a bell, you probably need no further introduction. If they don't, it's time you were introduced to a diverse range of landscapes that produce a similarly varied range of scrumptious wines that Kiwis are rightly proud of.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Pork chops with honey, mustard and whiskey glaze
- 4 (about 150g each, 1.5cm thick) trim pork loin cutlets
- 2 tablespoons Tennessee whiskey
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
- 2 teaspoons finely grated orange rind
- 60ml (1/4 cup) fresh orange juice
- Salt & freshly ground black pepper
- Place pork in a dish. Combine whiskey, oil, mustard, honey, thyme, orange rind and orange juice in a bowl. Pour over pork. Cover and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Remove pork from the marinade. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Place marinade in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until sauce thickens slightly. Remove from heat. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
- Preheat a barbecue or chargrill on high. Add the pork and cook for 3-4 minutes each side until cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil. Set aside for 5 minutes to rest.
- Divide the pork among serving plates. Drizzle with sauce. Serve immediately.