Matau, Māori for ‘right’, designates both our blend of traditional right-bank Bordeaux varieties, and the right half of our vineyard where they are grown.
Characterised by heavier, cooler soils with a higher clay content than the Mauī vineyard, this site is ideal for the earlier ripening merlot and cabernet franc which form the basis of this blend. Exact percentages will vary by vintage, and there may be a bit of malbec and a pinch of cabernet sauvignon from time to time; 2016 was a good year for merlot and particularly cabernet franc.
This blend was given an unusually long time in older French oak (for a New Zealand wine) in order to enhance the savoury flavours and soften tannins; right-bank blends are typically softer and more approachable as young wines than their left-bank peers, and we are looking to develop a similar differentiation in style between our two blends.
85 cases produced.