Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Gisborne, New Zealand
Owner / Director: Kirsten Searle

A great number of exciting wines have been produced over the past few years at Matawhero Winery. With Kirsten leading the charge with alternative aromatic varietal likes Grüner Veltliner, Albariño, Arneis and Chenin Blanc all winning awards - and this 2017 Gisborne Pinot Rosé being no different. But another achievement to be celebrated and toasted a few times this year, is the 50th Anniversary of when Bill Irwin established the winery in 1968.

 

And 2018 being the 10th Anniversary of when Kirsten and Richard Searle bought the property and have worked hard to make it the success it is today.
On a hot summers day, preparing and serving different light and refreshing dishes like shellfish, tapas, BBQ nibbles with good friends. You can typically find a rosé wine in my fridge - and this Matawhero Pinot Rosé was opened recently - and impressed on several levels, so I thought it was worth sharing with you.
The Pinot Noir grapes used to craft this wine were carefully selected from the Tietjen vineyard, in the heart of the wine growing area of Gisborne. The Pinot clone used was Dijon 777 and the vines were carefully managed to produce lower yields, with the resulting fruit showing good ripeness and lifted flavours, ideal for producing this delicate rosé wine.
On arrival into the winery, the Pinot Noir was cold soaked prior to fermentation. When the juice had achieved the ideal colour, flavour and perfect intensity for this style. The juice was then drained off to tank for a short period of soft-touch vinification. After slight clarification, the juice was fermented at cool temperatures to retain and express the floral aromatics and red berry flavours in the final wine. The wine was gently fined prior to filtration and has resulted in a wine with a silky palate texture.
In your glass, you will be greeted by a shining coral salmon colour with a bright pink hue. On the nose you are invited to take a sip with aromas of just-picked, wild strawberries, raspberries and subtle floral notes.
The palate is alive and refreshing with those bright flavours of strawberries and delicate cherry flavours all perfectly balanced by natural acidity and made in a deceptively dry style. A lovely, vibrant and refreshing Rosé.
This 2017 Matawhero ‘Gisborne’ Pinot Rosé has 13.5% Alc./vol. Chill gently and serve in an aromatic wine glass at 8-9°C. 

A vibrant and refreshing rosé wine, ready for any occasion.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly this summer season; and will hold well for another 18-24 months. 

FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine as an aperitif, plus paired with sushi & sashimi, salmon gravlax, prawns, seafood paella, summer salads, plus chilled slices of pink watermelon - enjoy.