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

The team at Matawhero have been going from strength to strength over the past few years. Achieving success with consistent medals and accolades, along with gaining the respect and following of a large number of passionate wine enthusiasts across the country and even further afield. Chenin Blanc is one of the classic grape varieties of the world - though still slightly lost in translation here in New Zealand.

 

Grape Varietals: 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir
Growing Region: Montagne de Reims, France
Chef de Cave: Régis Camus

This past July I spent an intensive month travelling through many of the wine regions in France. Starting in Bordeaux and ending a successful tour in Reims at the Champagne House of Piper & Charles Heidsieck. I have had the pleasure on more than a few occasions - and each time it’s like Christmas for adults - as you have this incredible excitement for what is going to be opened and the moment being shared with special people.

 

Grape Varietals: 45% Cinsault, 35% Grenache & 20% Syrah
Growing Region: Coteaux Varois en Provence, France
Chief Winemaker: Jean Louis Bavay

I have had the pleasure to be involved with Château Routas for over a decade now. Château Routas is situated at the center of the Coteaux Varois en Provence, about an hour drive north of Bandol. Varois is gaining recognition as a serious wine region through the efforts of quality focused wineries like Château Routas. The sustainable wine-growing estate has 260 hectares encompassing vineyards, wheat fields, olive trees.

 

Grape Varietals: 60% Merlot & 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
Growing Region: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Owner / Chief Winemaker: Peter Robertson

I have had the pleasure of knowing Peter and his family for nearly 3 decades. And over this time, Peter’s premium Bordeaux style red wines have been recognised as icon wines not only within Hawke’s Bay - New Zealand, but around the world. Well known and enjoyed by those in the know for all this time. Though over the past decade or so, wine enthusiasts the world over have been paying more attention and enjoying the quality and elegance in his wines.