Matawhero Single Vineyard Pinot Rose
When the late great William (Bill) Irwin planted Riesling, Chassalas and Pinotage varieties at Riverpoint Road in Gisborne back in the late 60s, people thought he was nuts! Livestock, yes. Maize, sure. But wine? What are you doing!
Okay so the Pinotage was a flop but Bill later tried his hand at planting Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer. The result? Well, in 1975 the first Matawhero labels were slapped on bottles (featuring the Matawhero church, the district’s oldest building). A year later Bill and his son Denis were celebrating fourth place for their 1976 Gewurz at a wine show in Paris. Ooh la la! One year on from that in 1977 even the Queen was sippin’ on a 1976 Matawhero Traminer Riesling on a visit to Aotearoa!
These days owned by the Searle family the Matawhero wines are still winning gongs and getting plenty of praise. This 2016 Single Vineyard Pinot Rosé was the top Rosé at the NZ Aromatic Wine Competition, taking out Trophy & Gold!
Also listed in the NZ Herald a while back as one of their must haves for a Christmas Day lunch – “it’s a total Eton Mess; all raspberry, strawberry, boysenberry and crumbled, crushed meringue and creamy notes – yet it’s deliciously clean and dry on the finish”
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