‘Last stop, the historic Te Mata. Historic is not an exaggeration is the oldest viticultural reality in the country, on a government-protected area with vineyards over 130 years old, set up on the hills. the cultivation is organic, favoured by sun exposure in dry soils. in total, 30 thousand cases (of 12 bottles) that reach 45 countries “with all the problems of such a fragmentation,” explains chief executive and co-counsel Nick Buck.

Te Mata was the first company to sell wine when the others were just doing it for the mass. “In our model,” he says, “we don’t plan on having restaurants and resorts. We want focus on the product.” Also here, mini fermentations are the norm, to choose between different ingredients and give complexity to the wine. Labels like Syrah Bullnose Traingle, below Gimblett and cooler), and the Bordeaux style Awatea and Coleraine (from Havelock Hills, clay and sand) are stunning, dense, elegant.’

– Alessandro Torcoli, February 2020 Civilta del bere

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