Winery website: http://www.matua.co.nz
Matua is a wine brand that hails from New Zealand and its mission is to deliver affordable, tasty vino from the best fruit it can get. With its first bottling in 1974, it’s been around the “block a few times” and has a loyal following of wine lovers. These two, affordable offerings have wide distribution and should be readily available around the USA.
2012 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – W.E.P. Rating: 95%
- ph 3.5
- Residual sugar 3.8 grams per litre
- Acidity 7.7 grams per litre
- Grapes from: All Marlborough
- Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
- Alcohol: 13%
- Price: $13
On the nose: Notes of key lime, lemon zest, grapefruit and kiwi right off the bat. Also get aromas of grass and some nice tropical action with very subtle notes of some herbs as well.
On the palate: A decent wine for the money as it exhibits a good combination of fruit and acidity for a “clean-tasting” wine. I enjoy the fact they keep it on the lees for a bit which helps round things out a bit on the mid palate. Clean, tasty and long finish.
2011 Pinot Noir – W.E.P. Rating: 85%
- ph: 3.6
- Residual sugar: 3.0 grams per litre
- Acidity: 5.9 grams per litre
- Grapes from: Mainly Marlborough, with a small percentage of Central Otago
- Variety: 100% PInot Noir
- Alcohol: 13%
- Price: $14
On the nose: Dirty cherries, mud, plums, pepper, bacon fat, menthol,
On the palate: Lots of complexity going on in the glass here but most of it is being choked by the heavy use of oak. I still get the cherry, dirt, smoke and spice action coming through, however, it has way too much oak on it to allow it to be fully enjoyable.