Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Gisborne, New Zealand
Owners: Kirsten & Richard Searle

The Matawhero Church logo has adorned their wine label since 1975. This dynamic collection of wines are crafted from small, unique parcels and are a tribute to the historic building that sits on the estate - and inspired by the pioneering spirit of the founders - the late Bill Irwin and his son Denis. This range allows the winery team to express both the quality parcels of fruit and their winemaking skills - producing something a little bit special.


The premium parcels of fruit used in this wine were sourced from the highly acclaimed Briant vineyard, which is situated between Patutahi and Manutuke, across the Waipaoa River from the Matawhero winery. The silt deposits that overlay the clay base provide ideal growing conditions for Chardonnay.
The Chardonnay clone used is known technically as 548, it is a relatively new clone brought in from France - and is ideally suited to barrel fermentation. It is typically an early ripening clone with compact bunches, producing aromatic, full-bodied, well balanced wines with complexity. This vintage was the second crop off these vines, and due to the heat of the growing season, produced low yields with good intensity of flavour and grape ripeness.
All the grapes for this wine were machine harvested and quickly brought back to the winery. The juice was then inoculated with a selected yeast strain and then barrel fermented in a mixture of old puncheons (500L barrels) and conventional oak barriques until fermented to dryness. The wine then underwent full malolactic fermentation and stayed on its lees until the following February. The wine was then stabilised, filtered, the final blend decided upon and then bottled.
As you pour this wine into your glass, it will be filled with a shining pale gold colour with a green hue. On the nose this wine has aromas of ripe peaches, nectarines, rock melon and mild honey-comb notes, along with hints of oak. The palate is full and engaging, with rich, ripe stone fruit flavours supported by nicely integrated layers of toasty oak notes, resulting in a well-balanced wine with good palate intensity and persistence on the finish.
This vintage has 13.3% Alc. Gently chill and serve at 8-10°C.

A well-structured, full flavoured Gisborne Chardonnay.

Drinking extremely well this season; and will age nicely for another 3-4 years.

Perfect wine pairing with well-seasoned roasted poultry, smoked salmon, crusty-pastry fish pie and aged, creamy cheeses, enjoy.