As you might guess from the name, this blend contains five grape varieties: 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Malbec. The result is a supple, charming wine that offers modest cherry fruit flavors and some notes of herbal, fresh-cut greens.
This is from a part of New Zealand not known for its Pinot Noir, but don’t discount it for that—it offers plenty of Pinot character, from its earth, mushroom and cola-scented bouquet to its plump, silky texture and tart, sour-cherry finish. Drink now.
Matariki’s entry-level Sauvignon Blanc (they also make a Reserve) is a basic, grass-and-grapefruit version of New Zealand “Savvy.” It’s relatively light in body, with crisp acidity and a cleansing finish.
A step down from the superbly concentrated 2004, Matariki’s Sauvignon features modest grapefruit flavors allied to racy acidity this vintage. Light and zippy on the palate, it’s tart and refreshing.
Hmmm. This has plenty of intensity, strident grapefruit flavors and crisp acids, but the aromas are marked by onion or garlic scents that make the wine perplexing to evaluate. From memory, a bottle tasted nonblind seemed much cleaner, so perhaps the sample was just off?