Matahiwi Estate ME Rosé 2020
- Crisp, dry
This is the first time we have sold Matahiwi rosé and if it is even half as good as their whites, we can guarantee it’s sensational! The Waipara based producer are quality-focused with ‘Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand’ accreditation and a team of the best in the vineyard and winery. The result is simply pristine wines. This pinot-based rosé has a beautiful combination of puckering red berries and cherries, floral notes and a long finish. It’s bold and bright, fruity and delicious.
Part of our Women in Wine Collection
We are committed to ALWAYS having wines available that are made by women. In an industry that’s still dominated by men, we believe in celebrating the incredible work women are doing. Here’s to our Women in Wine!
Winemaker: Jane Cooper. Vineyard Manager: Karina Southey.
Jane is owner Alistair Scott’s daughter, and has been winemaker at Matahiwi since 2002. Karina manages Matahiwi’s epically beautiful vineyards.
“Delightfully fruited and beautifully lifted, the bouquet shows raspberry, nectarine, lemon zest and floral aromas, leading to a vibrant palate that's juicy and crisp. It's flavoursome with bright fruit intensity, making it immediately appealing.”
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- 100% Pinot Noir
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From the producer
This is a vibrant cool climate Rose, pale pink in the glass with effusive aromas of strawberry and melon on the nose. The palate is lively with raspberry and stone fruit flavours, subtle creaminess and a long fresh finish. Excellent on its own or with a wide range of foods, crayfish, prawns and salmon being some of our favourite matches.
The fruit for this Rose comes from our home vineyard Matahiwi, a raised ridge of stony soil in the Opaki district outside Masterton in Wairarapa. The free draining soils and cool dry climate are ideal for ripening Pinot Noir. Blocks of predominantly clone 10/5 have been chosen for the Rose program, and the vines managed to enhance aromatic potential and retain fresh acidity in the fruit. The 2020 growing season started off cool and dry leading on to a very dry summer, this produced a small crop of very concentrated fruit.
We harvested the fruit in the fresh flavour spectrum ideal for Rose, with the majority being pressed off immediately, while a smaller portion spent more time on skins for added colour. The majority of the juice was fermented at cool temperatures with yeast strains selected to enhance aromatic and varietal character. A smaller portion was fermented with higher solids at warmer temperatures to promote mouthfeel and complexity. The component wines were blended soon after vintage and prepared for bottling to capture their youthful vibrancy.
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.