Matavino Amelia Matakana Viognier 2017 $25 (3.5 stars)

You might imagine the little squiggle on the label is a graphic depiction of the ups and downs of working with nature. I prefer to think of it as a vine tendril left over on the wires post-pruning – much more obvious. Winegrower Jim Hight reckons Matakana is a great spot to grow viognier of […]

Heron’s Flight Matakana Amphora Sangiovese 2016 $120

Tiny amounts of handpicked sangiovese were fermented wild on their skins inside 500 litre clay amphorae for six months then rested another 6 months in traditional terracotta vessels before being transferred to this gorgeous wax-sealed bottle.  Naturally handled with no additional sulphites, it’s exceptionally delicious.  Bright, vibrant, dark fruit, floral intensity and buckets of pepper, […]

Heron’s Flight Sangiovese Reserve 2013 $60

Holy squid squirt Batman!  This is quite possibly the inkiest, darkest wine I’ve sipped in forever.  Glossy magenta-black in the glass and showing mountains of mellow, meaty magic, soft spices, a hint of soy, olive and gently dusty tannins to tie it all up on the way down. Pricey, but oh so nicey from a […]

Matavino Matakana Viognier 2015 $25 ★★★½

Matakana is like an El Dorado for rich, aromatic white wines – and this viognier is definitely in it’s happy place here.  Grown in Warkworth, the wine oozes sunshine and classic apricot kernel characters alongside hints of jasmine, ripe peach and a seam of sea salt.  I like the slippery, oily character of this wine […]

Ti Point ‘Tess’ White Merlot 2015

Ti Point ‘Tess’ White Merlot 2015 $15-$20 ★★★★ If you keep a couple of bottles of this in the fridge over your average spring weekend, you’ll find there’ll be no shortage of people knocking on your door armed with cheese and crackers and wanting desperately to be your friend.  Crafted from merlot grown in Matakana […]

Heron’s Flight Matakana Dolcetto Unplugged 2011

Heron’s Flight Matakana Dolcetto Unplugged 2011 $25  If you’re after an ultra-smooth, ripe and ready red then this will definitely spin your wheels. Soft plummy aromas with hints of cocoa and dried herbs, there’s a splash of blackberry and a warming, beefy finish.   www.heronsflight.co.nz  

Ti Point Matriarch Matakana Syrah 2010

Ti Point ‘Matriarch’ Matakana Syrah 2010 $45  Perfumed and peppery, this wine is both muscular and meat yet feminine and frisky and just like the woman it’s named after I’ll bet it’ll become more beautiful with age.  Different layers of flavour unfurl with every minute it’s in the glass – so take your time to […]

Ti Point Merlot Cabernet Franc 2010

Ti Point Two Merlot Cabernet Franc 2010 $22  Matakana winemaker Tracy Haslam has created a really tasty wine with bright berryfruit, smoke and pepper notes on the nose followed by lovely plush, fruit-forward tannins and a ripe, robust finish.  A definite crowd-pleaser and absolutely lovely with steak and kidney pie.  www.tipoint.co.nz

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