Grape Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Central Otago, New Zealand
Chief Winemaker: Andrew Keenleyside

I have commented before - Andrew Keenleyside has been a key member at Akarua since 2009 when he joined as the assistant winemaker. Andrew was promoted to Chief Winemaker in September 2015, so played an influential role with this wine. The vineyard team describe their responsibility to capture the intensity of the Pinot Noir flavours at their optimum, and with each vintage comes a new set of exciting challenges.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Growing Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Consulting Winemaker: Alberto Antonini

Argentina have a growing and respected pedigree of quality wines crafted from Malbec and Syrah - but equally engaging and enjoyable are their Cabernet Sauvignon expressions. And the team at Chakana have been quietly over achieving with this varietal and this wine it just a joy to share with varied cuisine and good friends anytime of the year. To get Cabernet to hit all the right notes takes great effort and attention to detail from start to finish.

 

Grape Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Growing Region: Clare Valley, Australia
Owner / Winemaker: Tim Adams

The 'Aberfeldy' label and previous expressions have long been synonymous with quality, representing a flagship Tim Adams wine. I have had the pleasure to enjoy several vintages of this wine, each time it continues to deliver the best that Clare Valley Shiraz can achieve. For those in the know, wine enthusiasts the world over look out for each new vintage - knowing that they will not be disappointed by what Tim and his team have crafted.

 

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.