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Matawhero Wines win gold

MATAWHERO Wines have won a gold medal and a trophy at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards in Auckland and the Matawhero team are thrilled about it, said Matawhero Wines owner Kirsten Searle.

They won the awards for their Matawhero Church House 2018 Chenin Blanc.

“It is a great accolade in one of the major New Zealand wine competitions,” Mrs Searle said.

“The whole team at Matawhero were thrilled with the win for our Chenin Blanc.”

This success carries on from the 2013, 2014 and 2015 vintages that were all awarded gold or above.

“The Chenin vines were planted in 2010 at the Briant's vineyard at Patutahi.

“Fraser Briant and his team work very hard to ensure that the Chenin Blanc vines reach optimum ripeness each vintage. It is a very late ripening variety so that extra work in the vines is essential to achieve beautiful flavours.”

Mrs Searle said they decided to put in Chenin because they knew the potential for the variety in the region.

“Also, Denis Irwin, founder of Matawhero, had grown and made the variety back in the 80s, so we wanted to carry on that pioneering tradition.

“Our winemaker Kim Crawford has always had a soft spot for Gisborne, after working with fruit from our region for over 30 years.

“While Gisborne can be a difficult region from a viticulture and winemaking perspective, when you get it right, the flavours and fruit weight are unmatched” Mr Crawford said.

“The 2018 vintage was one of those vintages where everything aligned.

MEDAL WINNERS: The team at Matawhero Wines were delighted to pick up a gold medal and a trophy for their Matawhero Church House 2018 Chenin Blanc at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards. From left, winemaker Kim Crawford, grower Fraser Briant and Kirsten Searle from Matawhero Wines were pictured with a bottle of the award winning wine. Picture by Strike Photography