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

For those new to Matawhero, these character filled wines were first produced in 1975. The ‘Church House’ series is a collection of small, unique parcels crafted into expressive varietal wines. They are a tribute to the historic building, still located on the property and inspired by the pioneering spirit of the founder, the late Bill Irwin. This range showcases what the region, their vineyards and the winery can produce, wines of quality worth sharing.


The grapes for this wine as with previous vintages were sourced from Paul Tietjen’s Vineyard located on what is known as the ‘Golden Slope’ region of Gisborne. The vines are grown on the Kaiti Clay loam soils, with a great deal of hands on effort in the canopy, and controlled management around the fruiting zone, with only 2 canes laid down to ensure ideal ripeness, colour and palate texture in the resulting wine.
The time of harvesting for the Malbec fruit is always made after the viticulturist and the winemaking team concur, deciding when the grapes flavour profile is deemed ideal and ready. 2015 was a challenging growing season in Gisborne, though at the time of picking the fruit had achieved good ripeness. The grapes were machine harvested and vinification took place in stainless steel tanks.
The juice was regularly pumped over each day to extract colour and balanced tannins. The wine was then pressed at dryness and underwent full malolactic fermentation. After about 10 months of maturation, the wine was ready for filtering, bottled and labelled.
In the glass you will have a deep red colour at the heart with a crimson hue. On the nose this wine expresses lifted aromatics of ripe plums, dark fruits and subtle dried herbs. The palate is an engaging medium weighted wine with a core of ripe plums, blackberries, blueberries, mocha-chocolate and integrated dried herbs. The wine has well balanced naturally smooth tannins which lend their support to a rounded and lingering finish.
This 2015 ‘Church House’ Gisborne Malbec has 13.1% Alc. Mild decanting for 20-30 minutes and serve at 16-17°C. 

An engaging, well-rounded, early drinking style Gisborne Malbec.

With mild decanting, enjoyable this season; and well age nicely for another 3-4 years. 

Perfect wine pairing with lamb or pork kebabs, mildly seasoned pasta-ragu dishes, and rich vegetarian cuisine, and hard cheeses with crusty bread - enjoy.