Not really sure about which wine you should pick for a date and need a nod in the right direction? Here are our top 5 wine recommendations along with a few comments from our critics!
If you're keen on trying new things (think cold-pressed coffee, coconut yoghurt, kimchi fries...), Albariño is definitely a wine worth exploring. As one of our winemakers once said, it's pretty much the sexier younger cousin of Riesling. A relatively new variety in New Zealand, we've been making our Matua Single Vineyard for three years now. This beauty right here is from our 2015 vintage where we hand-picked grapes from a mixture of older and younger vines. The result? Well - see what our critics have to say:
95 Points | 5 Star
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.
~ Bob Campbell, October 2015
This is the best example I've tasted to date. It's a hauntingly pure wine with fine citrus and subtle chalky flavours together with an ethereal texture. Great with most seafood - my favourite match is pan-fried blue cod.
~ Bob Campbell, December 2015
If you're planning for an elegant, super classy evening - you can't look much further than a bold, complex Pinot Noir. We like to make our Pinot rich with dark berry fruit flavours balanced with silky tannins and spice. This particular Single Vineyard Pinot Noir was made with fruit selected from a single site in Central Otago's Bannockburn district. It's a beautiful, sunny spot in summer - and the growing season of 2014 was perfect for slow ripening Pinot Noir grapes for great concentration of flavour. Mmm mmm!
This is an elegant, but intense Pinot Noir with spicy cherry and savoury floral fruit, and a vibrant, lively mouthfeel.
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.
Sometimes an evening just demands a really incredible wine. If you've got an anniversary or special birthday coming up, this should be your go to! The 2013 Single Vineyard Hawke's Bay Syrah is one of our most awarded wines yet, with 5 Trophies and 6 Gold medals under its cap. We grew the grapes in our Hawke's Bay Matheson Vineyard using three different Syrah clones planted on different soil profiles to create gorgeous complexity. Simply superb!
Old leather and clotted cream aromas; vivid floral, blackberry, black cherry and blueberry fruit. Smooth tannins, well integrated oak and a long finish. Polished and charming.
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. If you are worried about getting a headache, take an aspirin, relax and enjoy.
Bob Campbell, April 2015
Deeply coloured, with densely packed blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, hints of dark chocolate and nuts, and a finely textured, lasting finish, it should flourish for a decade; open 2016+.
Michael Cooper, 2015
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.
Bob Campbell October 2014
So you've planned a date day out packed with activities, wrapping things up with gourmet fish & chips in a stunning location overlooking the sunset. Perfection! This vibrant, zesty Sauvignon Blanc is just the wine to take along. It's brimming with aromas of smoky pineapple and is mouth-wateringly refreshing.
Pungent and intense...not watered down or sweetened up; it's bursting with gooseberry flavour, unashamedly, all there before you. Bang. Easy. This is one to recommend.
For a night full of great conversation over dinner, this would be the wine to recommend. This Hawke's Bay Chardonnay is deliciously expressive, complex and layered with flavour. It's rich peach brioche and toasty oak characters are a perfect match with exotic dishes such as a Morrocan lamb tagine.
5 Star | #3 in Top 10
The nose of this wine is impressive: intense saline and flinty scents, laced with a dash of spice – John Belsham thought white pepper. In the mouth...lemon and grapefruit pith characters and an attractive fleshy texture. And the fruit-oak balance is exemplary.