We don’t mean to brag, but we’re pretty proud of this Single Vineyard Syrah. Not only is it delicious, it went to the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition, the 2016 International Wine Competition (IWC) and won Gold, plus four Trophies! Our Matua Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Syrah isn’t just delicious – it pipped all other Syrah wines at the show, including over 500 single varietal Syrah/Shiraz wines that won an award at the competition to take home the Trophies for:
As our Chief Winemaker Greg Rowdon says, the Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Syrah has had a great track record at international shows. “2014 is only the third vintage that we have made a single vineyard Syrah at Matua and it consistently performs beyond our expectations at wine shows. Our 2013 vintage made a clean sweep of trophies across New Zealand’s three major wine competitions, winning Champion Wine of the Show and Champion Syrah at the 2015 New Zealand Royal Easter Show, Champion NZ Syrah and Champion Shiraz/Syrah at the 2014 New Zealand International Wine Show and Champion Exhibition Red Wine at the 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.
“Winning four trophies in London at the IWC takes things to the next level. We only make our Single Vineyard wines in small quantities made from hand-selected fruit parcels from our best vineyards - they are like our babies, so it’s great to see them being so well received internationally. Furthermore Syrah isn’t a variety that New Zealand is well known for producing – so it’s fantastic to be able to prove to the world that New Zealand isn’t just about producing great Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, and to be putting our Hawkes Bay Syrah wines on the map.
“Sourced from the Red Metal soils of our Matheson Vineyard in Bridge Pa in Hawke’s Bay, the 2014 Matua Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Syrah is a blend from several blocks made up of three different Syrah clones. Bunches were thinned to maximise concentration, gently de-stemmed with a large component of whole berries, and then fermented in French Oak cuvees. The wine then underwent post fermentation maceration for several days and was matured in French and American oak.
“It’s an elegant, expressive wine with aromas of juniper, violets and blackberries, with ripe berry-fruit and subtle spice. I’m so glad the judges like it,” says Greg.
Our other Matua wines also had success at the IWC. The 2014 Matua Single Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay was awarded a Gold medal, while other wines we entered picked up two silvers, five bronzes and a commendation.
Now in its 33rd year, The IWC is the world’s most respected blind-tasted wine competition, which judges each wine for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage. The rigorous judging process means that each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges.
Learn about our Single Vineyard Hawke's Bay Syrah 2014, including how we made it!
Learn more about this renowned wine region where we sourced fruit for our Trophy winning Syrah.