Matawhero Single Vineyard Merlot 2021 (6 Bottles) Gisborne

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This full-bodied wine is packed with fruity notes, earthy undertones and soft tannin.

With some lovely warm late season weather in Gisborne, the Merlot grapes exhibited wonderful intense flavours and good colour. Once at optimal ripeness, the grapes were machine harvested in the cool of evening. The grapes were destemmed and crushed at the winery to a tank. After a two day soak, the juice was inoculated with yeast and fermentation began.

During the early stages of fermentation the wine was rigorously pumped over to extract colour and flavour, without harsh tannins. The wine then underwent malolactic fermentation on skins. After 6 months maturation, the wine was filtered and bottled.



About Matawhero Wines

The Matawhero journey started with two New Zealand wine pioneers from the 1960s. Today the story continues around the drive and determination of Kirsten and Richard Searle. who purchased the Matawhero vineyard and winery in Gisborne from Denis in 2008. They are the trusted Kaitiaki (guardians) of Matawhero and continue to develop the iconic winery and share the distinctive wine styles of the Tairawhiti-Gisborne region. They produce famous New Zealand Chardonnay and other wines including aromatics like Gewürztraminer and lovely Reds.

The Matawhero winery and vineyards in Gisborne were purchased by Kirsten and Richard Searle in 2008 from New Zealand pioneer winemaker Denis Irwin. After a rigorous process on Denis’s part to ensure that the baton was being passed to someone equally as passionate about wine and the region as he was, he willed us on and the hard work began replanting and revitalising the historic winery.

Their love of the region runs deep, Richard grew up here and with a family history of growing grapes they wouldn’t want to be doing anything else!


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The Hancocks name traces its origins back to 1859 when Thomas Hancock purchased the Captain Cook Inn in Khyber Pass Road Newmarket. Hancocks originally started life as a brewer and publican. The company went through many changes in its first 100 years, including the manufacture and distribution of spirits. Over the course of years the company changed names several times with the core of the company being the basis of what we now know as Lion.