Saturday, July 2, 2016

Matua Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect bright refreshing summer wine

Now that summer has arrived and you are finding the days not only longer but also warmer you need a bright, refreshing wine that delivers fruity taste and an aromatic nose.  Matua has been producing quality New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc since 1974; in fact they were the first to bottle Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand.

Matua was founded by two brothers, Bill and Ross Spence who come from a long line of winemakers.  With the help of their grandmother, these brothers purchased their first block of land on Matua Road in North-West Auckland with the goal of growing the finest grapes and producing quality wine.  In 1969 they planted their vineyard, including their first commercial planting of Sauvignon Blanc.  They initially sold their fruit to other winemakers but in the early 70s they got their wine license and bought a tin shed to use as their first winery.  Starting with small amounts of various wines, they put the name Matua on the label.  In 1974 they produced their first vintage of Sauvignon Blanc, first for them and first for New Zealand.

As Matua grew, the brothers purchased properties around New Zealand including Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough and Gisborne.  In 2001, Beringer-Blass Wine Estates invested in Matua but over the next few years the Spence brothers continued running the Matua operation until they retired.  In 2012 the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London awarded Matua the Producer of the Year award.

The 2015 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is overflowing with tropical aromas of passion fruit and guava with a wrapping of citrus and a long refreshing finish.  It is fruity and aromatic wine hailing from Marlborough, one of the world’s top regions for Sauvignon Blanc.  It is situated between the Pacific Ocean and picturesque mountain ranges, making it an ideal location for this variety.  In fact, over 85% of all New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blanc originates here.  This particular vintage of Matua Sauvignon Blanc is a product of grapes from over 100 vineyards within Marlborough, encapsulating a full spectrum of flavors that delight the palate.


For more information:  Matua Wines

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