The Matawhero journey started with two New Zealand wine pioneers from the 1960s. Today the story continues around the drive and determination of Kirsten and Richard Searle. They produce famous New Zealand Chardonnay and other wines including aromatics like Gewürztraminer and lovely Reds.

2018 Matawhero Irwin Chardonnay
This flagship Chardonnay expresses a medley of peach and melon flavours, overlaid with toasty oak. A rich, ripe style with finely integrated oak and a taut but harmonious acidity on the finish.
5 Points – Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)
94 Points – Bob Campbell, MW)

2021 Matawhero Church House Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
This elegant barrel fermented Gisborne Chardonnay is big, rich and full with great length and weight.
94 points – Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)
16 points - Jancis Robinson

2021 Matawhero Church House Chenin Blanc
This gorgeous Chenin Blanc grows well in our Gisborne climate. With citrus, stonefruit and honeysuckle flavours it has a bright acidity and lovely texture.
94 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

2023 Matawhero Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
The Matawhero Sauvignon Blanc is tropical and zesty with notes of melon, passionfruit and citrus. This lovely Sauvignon finishes with a richness and fullness seen only in good Sauvignon Blanc.
94 Points – Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
93 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

2022 Matawhero Single Vineyard Gewurztraminer
The first vineyard in New Zealand to plant Gewürztraminer, this is a clean fruit-driven style with richness and great aromatics.
93 Points – Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)
92 Points – Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier

2022 Matawhero Single Vineyard Pinot Gris
This delightful Pinot Gris from Matawhero is a full bodied wine with spice, pear, fig and honeysuckle notes. The wine is soft and voluptuous and finishes dry.

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