For pinot at this price, it’d be fair not to expect much. We don’t hold it against the masses of inexpensive but very ‘meh’ pinot out there. It’s just a tough grape to handle at the best of times, let alone when on a budget.
Every now and then, though, you do find some gems. This is one of those. Light and bright, it ticks the fruit, complexity and pinosity boxes with a flourish. Even Sam Kim describes it with words like ‘delightfully fruited’ and ‘attractively expressed’. Like pinot, but also like your current credit rating? With this, neither has to suffer.
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Vineyard Manager: Karina Southey
Karina Southey is a native of the Wairarapa and spends her days managing Matahiwi’s epically beautiful vineyards.
“It is delightfully fruited and attractively expressed on the nose showing dark plum, spiced cherry, almond and floral characters with hints of olive and dark mushrooms. The palate delivers succulent fruit intensity backed by silky texture and fine-grained tannins, leading to a lengthy delectable finish. Harmonious, elegant and charming. At its best: now to 2023.”
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- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 100% Pinot Noir
- Serving Temp.
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.