Bob Campbell is known as New Zealand's chief wine educator and was just the second New Zealander to achieve the Master of Wine qualification. He's also very well known beyond NZ in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and London where he runs wine courses and seminars.
What is a Master of Wine qualification you ask? It's one of the highest possible standards you can achieve in the professional wine scene. To put it in perspective, only 300 people worldwide have earned the MW title!
Bob started his career in wine back in 1973 as an accountant, the year before the Spence brothers produced New Zealand's first Sauvignon Blanc! He spent 13 years working for several different winemakers in marketing, export and management before starting his own business.
Bob is the NZ editor for Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine, wine editor for Your Home & Garden, Taste magazine and the Air New Zealand Kia Ora magazine. When he's not busy with these mags, he's writing for the UK-based magazine Decanter, Tasting Kitchen in Hong Kong and Wine Press in China!
Judging wine is another of Bob's skills, serving as Chariman of Judges at the New Zealand Wine Society Royal Easter Wine Show, the New Zealand International Wine Show and Chairman of the UK-based Decanter World Wine Awards. He has been a senior judge at many other wine shows.
Bob has judged many of our Matua wines - see below for his recent reviews!
"A very distinctive example of the Awatere style with green capsicum, mineral, nettle and tomato leaf flavours. Pure, dry, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with an ethereal texture. Enchanting wine in a very appealing style"
~ Bob Campbell
"300 cases. From a vineyard near Napier with heavy silty soils. Picked older vines first then younger. Lovely weight and an ethereal texture. Fine, citrus (3.4 g/l RS). Very pure. Touch of chalky mineral character. Very crisp. Very fine phenolics. Impressive wine with real character and drinkability."
Cellaring: Drink 2015 - 2020
"500 cases. From Bannockburn - Cairnmuir road. 25% whole-bunch. No sulphur until 10 months. Taut, tight, pure and beautifully structured Pinot Noir with real energy. Red cherry, plum, fresh herbs with a hint of floral and subtle spice characters. Firm, fine tannins. Will age well. Powerful and elegant Pinot."
Cellaring: 2015 - 2024
"Very attractive wine in a strongly varietal style with appealing hints of floral and citrus flavours. The wine has a great texture - mouth-filling and ethereal. The most impressive local example of this Spanish variety that I have yet tried."
"Remarkably dense, rich and full-flavoured wine with dark berry, plum, chocolate/mocha, liquorice, cinnamon and nutty oak flavours. Very intense that’s surprisingly accessible. Yet another stellar release under this label."
"From Bridge Pa area, Matheson vineyard. Elegance on a grand scale. Silken-textured wine with great fruit density. Dark berry, plum, black pepper, violet, hint of fresh herbs and anise/spice characters. Lovely wine with impressive cellaring potential."
"Dense Syrah with seductively sweet plum and dark berry flavours together with black pepper, new leather, liquorice and subtle toasty oak. Silken-textured wine with an impressively lengthy finish. Seamlessly structured wine that promises to age magnificently. A worthy trophy winner against many classy Aussie wines at the NZ International Wine Show."
"800 cases. Strong tomato leaf nose. Rich, fleshy, mineral, herbal, smoky, gun flint flavours. Very textural wine (no oak influence). Intense wine with impressive length. (”Larger tanks with more reductive wine are better because they are more reductive” says winemaker). Subtle mineral reductive character makes the wine much more interesting. It changed in the glass to produce more fruit expression. Deserves to be decanted."
Cellaring: 2015 - 2018