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Matariki Syrah 2001

Syrah/Shiraz from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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Matariki is a family-owned Hawkes Bay winery born from a passionate belief of John and Rosemary O'Connor that great wines are made in the vineyard. In 1981 they instinctively recognized the potential of Gimblett Road in Hawkes Bay as a unique and exceptional wine-producing area. The area has been referred to by Daniel Roberts, Director of Research for Kendall-Jackson as "capable of producing red wines equal to the world's best."

Deep and intense ruby / garnet in color. The... View More

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Matariki

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Matariki, , New Zealand
Matariki
Matariki is a family owned Hawkes Bay winery born from a passionate belief of the proprietors, John and Rosemary O’Connor, that great wines are made in the vineyard. In 1981, they instinctively recognized the potential of Gimblett Road in Hawkes Bay as a unique and exceptional wine-producing area.

Now, as owners of the largest individual vineyard in Gimblett Road, they are proud to be a part of what is described as "one of the best vineyard areas in the country" and which produces numerous national and international award-winning wines.

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A rugged and topographically diverse cool-climate appellation with a rich history...

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A rugged and topographically diverse cool-climate appellation with a rich history, the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA stretches from Half Moon Bay to just above Monterey county. Elevation ranges from just 800 feet to upwards of 3000, and microclimates vary substantially depending on which side of the mountains the vineyards lay. Cool ocean winds and fog play an important role as well. This can be a challenging region in which to grow grapes, but it is well worth the effort. Wine has been made here since the 1800s, most notably from the legendary Ridge Vineyards, whose Monte Bello vineyard garners international admiration.

[Pinot Noir], Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon are the stars of this region, and Merlot and Zinfandel also perform quite well. Santa Cruz Mountains wines are noted for their distinct minerality and balanced acidity. Often these wines can be aged for many years. Organic and sustainable vineyard practices are becoming increasingly common.