Matawhero Irwin Gisborne Chardonnay 2018

September 7, 2020By Yvonne

Matawhero Irwin Gisborne Chardonnay 2018 $60 It’s hard to know where to actually start with how dangnabbit delicious this wine is.  It’s a tad embarrassing some of the sounds that fell out of my mouth while taking those first sips. If you can imagine a vocal hybrid of trying to say ‘oh wow’, ‘far out’ … Read More

Matawhero Single Vineyard Gisborne Sauvignon Blanc 2019

June 12, 2020By Yvonne

Matawhero Single Vineyard Gisborne Sauvignon Blanc 2019 $23.99 I’m old enough to remember when a Gisborne sauvignon blanc won the championship sauvignon blanc trophy at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards – and that blew people’s minds!  This sauvignon blanc from the team at Matawhero brings back some of those memories of lemongrass, basil,  passionfruit,  … Read More

Matawhero Church House Barrel Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay 2018

March 13, 2020By Yvonne

Matawhero Church House Barrel Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay 2018 $29.99 It’s a rare thing to see chardonnay that’s been farmed without irrigation in this country, but the Matawhero team reckon it’s the best way to achieve purity of flavour and really stamp the signature of the soils on a wine.  It means the vines need to … Read More

Matawhero Gisborne Merlot 2016 $22 ★★★★

April 5, 2017By Yvonne

For a red that’s only just been bottled and released, this is drinking darn gorgeously. Ripe, round, plush plum and milk chocolate notes on the nose and palate, it’s dangerously smooth and velvety in the mouth and boasts a long, warming finish. Subtle fruitcake spices, pepper and hints of red berry add to the fruit … Read More

Matawhero Gisborne Albarino 2014

May 5, 2016By Yvonne

Matawhero Gisborne Albarino 2014 $25 ★★★½ While it’s bold and golden in the glass, you’ll need to dig deep in the nose department. But it’s worth the effort because you’ll uncover subtle lemon verbena, white nectarine and wild flowers, while on the palate it’s seriously, palate-exfoliatingly dry. Matawhero’s owners, Kirsten and Richard Searle, are clearly … Read More

Matawhero Barrel Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay 2013

November 20, 2015By Yvonne

Matawhero Barrel Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay 2013 $25.99 ★★★★★ I love the scent of this wine, it’s all toasted croissants, grilled nectarines, custard squares and fresh pinapple in the glass.  Deliciously layered with tropical tones, elegant spices and crisp, tangy acidity on the finish.  It’s gorgeousness from Gisborne that you definitely should try pronto.  


June 4, 2014By Yvonne

Has it been six years?  Really? When I first met Kirsten and Richard Searle they were a fresh-faced young couple bursting with nervous excitement having just taken possession of the iconic Matawhero Wines in Gisborne.  It was 2008, they had three babies, a whopping mortgage, a rundown, rambling wine estate and wide-eyed dreams for the … Read More

Matawhero Gisborne Chardonnay 2010

July 11, 2011By Yvonne

Matawhero Gisborne Chardonnay 2010 $25  Scented with popcorn, candyfloss, peach and mango cream, it’s a style that’s out on its own but I like it.  Definitely a food-friendly example that has good length of flavour and presence on the palate.