Matua, New Zealand’s First Sauvignon Blanc, Makes Official Debut
18 October 2013, Jakarta & Bali - Here in Asia, a love affair with New Zealand wines is beginning. Matua, the producers of New Zealand’s first Sauvignon Blanc and New Zealand’s Wine Producer of the Year is now expanding its footprint in the region to include Indonesia. Speaking from one of Matua’s vineyards outside of Auckland, Matua winemaker, Greg Rowdon, said he’s thrilled to see Matua expanding it markets in Asia.
He says, “When you taste a Matua wine, you really taste New Zealand in a glass. Our Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is perfect for the climate in Indonesia, being crisp, refreshing and full tropical notes like passionfruit and guava. It’s also a wonderful food match for the rich and spicy flavours often found with Indonesian cuisine.
With demand for New Zealand wines continuing to grow, more Asian retailers, restaurants and wine bars are putting more of the country’s wines on offer.
What to try
Keen to sample Matua wines? Greg Rowdon picks his favourites that are available in select food and wine retail stores in Jakarta, including Vines and Gourmet World, and in popular retreats, restaurants and bars in Bali.
2012 Matua Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (Rp 454,800.00)
2012 Matua Marlborough Pinot Noir (Rp 454,800.00)
2011 Shingle Peak Sauvignon Blanc (Rp 499,800.00)
2011 Shingle Peak Pinot Noir (Rp 499,800.00)
Matua - most successful New Zealand wine brand
Matua has been gaining more international recognition in recent times. Late last year, Matua was named the 2012 IWSC (International Wine & Spirit Competition) New Zealand Producer of the Year Award (London). The latest release of their Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (2013) has also just picked up a Double Gold at the China Wine awards as well as Gold at the New Zealand International wine show.
Matua now has 102 awards in total, including 12 trophies and 19 gold medals in the last 12 months – making it the most internationally successful New Zealand wine brand.
Greg Rowdon states, “While we’re proud of these wins, we don’t let it go to our heads. For me, I just want to continue making premium quality wines that we can be proud of to share with the rest of the world. “I can’t imagine doing anything else in the world other than making wine, so to be able to share our wine internationally is very humbling.”
About Matua Wines
Matua started out from a tin shed near Auckland in 1974. This is where they produced Zealand’s first Sauvignon Blanc and ultimately changed the way the world enjoys white wine. They were told it was a massive gamble, but they gave it a go anyway, and the rest is history. This pioneering spirit and passion to try new things to make great wines is still alive today.