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Aotearoa (said “Ow-taya-rowah”) is the name of New Zealand in Maori. It means Land of the Long White Cloud - it’s long and skinny, pretty and green… and has some amazing spots for growing grapes. From the north to the south, New Zealand’s wine growing regions all offer something special. The top island is sub-tropical and down the southern end it can get pretty chilly!
We source our grapes from New Zealand’s most renowned wine regions – Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough and Central Otago.
Hawke’s Bay is a real suntrap, perfect for growing our award-winning Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, Albariño, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grapes. Its growing conditions have been compared to Burgundy and Bordeaux in France with hot, dry growing seasons making for red wines packed with red fruit flavours and whites that are tropical with a dash of natural minerality.
Our favourite spot: Our Matheson vineyard, in the Bridge Pa Triangle. This is where we grow our award-winning Single Vineyard Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot and Malbec – it’s a spot worth its weight in gold.
Soils: Hawke’s Bay has many different types of soils, formed by rivers changing course over thousands of years. As a result, wines across the region can be very different stylistically. The most famous sub-regions are Bridge Pa Triangle (Red Metals) and Gimblett Gravels. These regions are dry and stony, producing grapes with incredible concentration of flavour and purity of fruit.
Temperature: 9 – 20 degrees Celsius
Growing season: September – April
Annual average sunshine: 2,188 hours
Annual average rainfall: 803mm
Marlborough is the most famous wine region in NZ thanks to the incredibly unique style of Sauvignon Blanc it produces. But there’s a lot more to Marlborough than just crisp, fresh and zesty Sauvy! Its cool climate is turning out some pretty impressive Pinot Noir filled with red fruit flavours, citrusy Chardonnay and beautifully floral, aromatic Pinot Gris and Riesling.
Our favourite spot: It’s pretty hard to beat a picnic at our Matua Marlborough vineyard on a sunny day with a cool glass of Matua Marlborough Sauvy…
Soils: Marlborough’s impressive valleys were carved out by glaciers over thousands of years. These glaciers left rocky, stony soils behind in some areas, while others are sandy. Soil profiles such as these encourage drainage, keeping vine roots dry. This is an important feature which makes Marlborough a suitable wine growing region for a range of different grape varieties.
Temperature: 8 - 18 degrees Celsius
Annual average sunshine: 2,409 hours
Annual average rainfall: 655mm
We reckon it’s not going to be long before the world notices that Central Otago is the next big thing – especially with Pinot Noir. What's more, Matua is now the single largest producer of Central Otago wine! We select our Matua Single Vineyard Pinot Noir grapes from fantastic sites perched amongst the mountains. The region’s diurnal temperature extremes and dry autumns make for dark, brooding Pinot Noir with a unique flavour profile.
Our favourite spot: We’re keen on some of the smaller sub-regions in Central Otago, especially elevated sites near Lake Dunstan, nestled into the foothills of the mountain ranges.
Soils: Central Otago is the world’s most southerly wine region and the New Zealand’s most elevated too. This makes for extreme slopes and vineyards planted on dry, rocky outcrops or down in the river valley with sandier soils.
Temperature: 3 - 18 degrees Celsius
Annual average sunshine: 1,973 hours
Annual average rainfall: 637mm