Matawhero Wines wins five-star Cuisine Magazine award

The 2015 Church House Chenin Blanc clocks a big one.

The 2015 Church House Chenin Blanc clocks a big one.

FIVE STAR WINE: Matawhero Wines has a new accolade, a five-star Cuisine award for its chenin blanc. Matawhero Wines’ Kirsten Searle (centre) celebrates with grape growers Peter and Robyn Briant. Picture by Paul Rickard

THE Matawhero 2015 Church House Chenin Blanc has been given a five-star award in the August/September edition of Cuisine Magazine.

Matawhero’s Kirsten Searle and grape growers Peter and Robyn Briant are thrilled with the accolade. Ms Searle said it was particularly satisfying to get an award for chenin blanc.

“We are passionate about these other varieties as it forms part of who we are. Our passion has always been to produce great wines from our region and to carry on the pioneering spirit that Bill and Denis Irwin, founders of Matawhero, were known for. Denis use to make a great chenin blanc in the 80s, so we are excited to be carrying on this tradition”.

Forty-six wines were tasted in the speciality white section and only two five-star ratings awarded.

This award carries on from other successes for the Matawhero Chenin Blanc. Wine from the first vintage in 2013 was awarded a gold medal. The 2014 vintage took a gold medal and trophy at Spiegelau.

Accolade for current vintage

“Now this accolade is for our current vintage,” Ms Searle said.

The grapes for this wine are grown by long-time Gisborne growers Peter and Robyn Briant at their Patutahi vineyard. Mr Briant said chenin had its challenges as it was a late-ripening variety.

“So the work you do in the vineyard is crucial to getting it ripe.”

They were thrilled to receive the award because it showed that hard work paid off.

Ms Searle said it was great working with “fantastic” growers like the Briants.

“It is such a pleasure and they do such a great job in giving us the best fruit we can get from each vintage.

“This allows our winemaking team to craft excellent wine.”

THE Matawhero 2015 Church House Chenin Blanc has been given a five-star award in the August/September edition of Cuisine Magazine.

Matawhero’s Kirsten Searle and grape growers Peter and Robyn Briant are thrilled with the accolade. Ms Searle said it was particularly satisfying to get an award for chenin blanc.

“We are passionate about these other varieties as it forms part of who we are. Our passion has always been to produce great wines from our region and to carry on the pioneering spirit that Bill and Denis Irwin, founders of Matawhero, were known for. Denis use to make a great chenin blanc in the 80s, so we are excited to be carrying on this tradition”.

Forty-six wines were tasted in the speciality white section and only two five-star ratings awarded.

This award carries on from other successes for the Matawhero Chenin Blanc. Wine from the first vintage in 2013 was awarded a gold medal. The 2014 vintage took a gold medal and trophy at Spiegelau.

Accolade for current vintage

“Now this accolade is for our current vintage,” Ms Searle said.

The grapes for this wine are grown by long-time Gisborne growers Peter and Robyn Briant at their Patutahi vineyard. Mr Briant said chenin had its challenges as it was a late-ripening variety.

“So the work you do in the vineyard is crucial to getting it ripe.”

They were thrilled to receive the award because it showed that hard work paid off.

Ms Searle said it was great working with “fantastic” growers like the Briants.

“It is such a pleasure and they do such a great job in giving us the best fruit we can get from each vintage.

“This allows our winemaking team to craft excellent wine.”

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