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Bill Spence still looms large at about 6 feet 5 inches of height. His passions are viticulture, winemaking and New Zealand’s national sport, Rugby. Driven by the wine bug, he and his older brother Ross began growing grapes in West Auckland in 1969. They were the first guys to try their luck on Sauvignon Blanc and are considered pioneers in the New Zealand wine industry. In 1974 the launched the Matua Winery, expanding their operations through the 80s, 90s in into the 2000s. Bill is now the global ambassador for the brand and he stopped into the Blaine store recently. We talked about the wines which are outstanding values and he talked of his love for rugby and his curiosity for hockey and American football. We look forward to his next visit while we enjoy these well made beauties.

-Bill The Wine Guy



Matua Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012
With a great growing season, the fruit is truly ripe and full and the predominant flavor is cherry which reflects the wine’s lovely, vivid-cherry color. We also get blackberry notes and some lovely sweet smoky oak. Mouth feel is initially soft and luscious, held up nicely by the supply tannins for a savory, lingering finish.



Matua Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
The color is pale yellow with a tinge of green. The lively nose shows tropical and citrus fruits with subtle herbaceous characters. Its crisp fresh palate offers classic Marlborough acidity, structure and length.


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