Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"Our Mata-Au vineyards are located in the Lowburn and Parkburn areas of the Cromwell basin. The vineyards are planted on the terraces and alluvial schist based soils formed by the Mata-Au (Clutha) River (pronounced – martar-o). The unique combination of site, soil and mild continental climate produces perfumed wines with elegant texture, structure and mineral length. It is made from the best blocks in our best vineyards in the Lowburn/Parkburn sub-region. Mata-Au showcases the succulent red fruits and silky tannins that are the hallmarks of this sub-region, delivered in our elegant, textural and length driven style.
Floral and herbal is the first impression in the glass before an alluring perfume of aromatic red berry fruit and mineral undertones develops. There is a generous palate of fine tannins, and the pure red fruit and savory notes are long and sustained. The finish is all about subtle power and precision."
Reviews for the 2017 vintage below…
17/20 Tim Jackson MW, JancisRobinson.com, July 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Lowburn subregion. Two vineyards. 20% new oak. Pale ruby. Floral, leaf hints, crunchy cranberry and strawberry fruit, with subtle clove oak. Intense, strawberry palate fruit, with brisk, mouth-watering acidity. Supple tannins. Long, with just a touch of finish warmth."