THE LES FILLES STORY
Les Filles, the daughters of the constellation of Matariki, are each represented by an exceptional single varietal selection.
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Vintage 2009 In the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District will be one to remember for red grape varieties and is expected to create some of the best ever wines to date.
While the season started with a few frost events during spring, the growing season through to veraison was dry and warm, perfect for wine growing. With very warm December conditions we experienced a very quick, even, flowering which resulted in great conditions for fruit set.
January brought warm, dry conditions (20 degree celcius average) which helped keep berry size small. These conditions pushed all varieties through to bunch closure and veraison very quickly setting the season up to potentially be "the perfect vintage".
Early February brought about more dry settled weather which further accelerated ripening, but in late February we had a significant wet weather event (50mm) that put botrytis pressure on some of the early white varieties.
Due to the perfect December/January conditions fruit for the red varieties was truly ripe. Intense flavor had developed, tannins had developed nicely, seeds were ripe brown in colour and vines were in good balance, all of which signals the potential for phenomenal wine production.
Certainly the Bordeaux blends and single Bordeaux varietals produced from 2009 will be some of the best yet produced from the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District.
Syrah benefitted from a longer than usual ripening period and as a result the flavours in the berries were very intense, delivering the potential for outstanding wines from this vintage.
Review - Raymond Chan July 2014
Matariki Les Filles Blanc de Blanc 2009 - 5 Stars
Bright, light golden-yellow colour, pale on rim with a very persistent, fine bead. The bouquet is softly full and voluminous with a core of white floral and citrus fruits entwined with bready, yeasty autolysis, beautifully and harmoniously integrated with complex and refined aldehyde, nutty and toasty secondary elements. Dryish to taste, delicately sweet and luscious flavours of citrus fruits, stonefruits and honey form a rounded core with yeasty, bread autolysis and nutty elements. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with very refined effervescence and soft, ripe acidity enhancing the mellow and rich mouthfeel. Subtle, underlying power provides excellent drive, carrying the wine to an integrated, fine-textured, long and lingering finish. This is a soft and creamy Blanc de Blanc sparkling with refined nutty, bready, secondary complexities. Serve as an aperitif and with white meats over the next 3+ years. 100% Chardonnay, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine bottle-aged on lees. 18.5/20 Jul 2014 RRP $39.90
Matariki Les Filles Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 - 4 Stars
Very full, even, black-hued ruby-red colour with purple hues, lighter on rim. The nose is full, solid and dense, with powerful and ripe aromas of blackcurrant fruit along with savoury olives and earth, revealing lifted secondary game and undergrowth complexing nuances. Full-bodied, the palate is concentrated and densely packed with a rounded core of blackcurrant fruit flavours. The fruit is encased by fine-grained tannin extraction, with soft, ripe acidity subtly enlivening the solid mouthfeel. Layers of savoury olives, dried herbs and undergrowth unfold to provide detail. The wine flows smoothly and with underlying alcoholic drive, leading to a very long, lingering finish with cassis elements. This is a densely concentrated and extracted Cabernet Sauvignon with soft mouthfeel and developing cassis flavours. Match with roast lamb and beef over the next 7-8+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged in French oak barriques. 18.0+/20 Jul 2014 RRP $58.00
Matariki Les Filles Syrah 2009 - 5 Stars
Hand-picked fruit from the Gimblett Gravels, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged over 2 years in predominantly French oak barrels. Very dark, deep ruby-red colour with some black hues, lighter on edge. This has a full and broad bouquet with excellent depth and presence, showing ripe, savoury dark red berry and spicy, earthy, peppery aromas, all harmoniously interwoven, and lifted with a touch of volatility. Full-bodied, sweet and luscious fruit flavours of dark red berry fruits brown spices, pepper and game are seamlessly melded with oak cedar. The fruit is underlined by very fine-grained powdery tannins and subtle acidity driving the palate, unfolding layers of complex earth, undergrowth and spices. The wine has a lingering, textured, sweet and spicy finish. This is a fulsome, mouthfilling sweet-fruited, savoury and spicy, complex Syrah with structure and the energy to keep well for another 7-8+ years. Serve with Middle Eastern fare and game meat. 18.5+/20 Jul 2014 RRP $58.00
Review - Sam Kim June 2014
Matariki Les Filles Blanc de Blanc 2009 – 5 Stars
Lovely complexity on the nose – yeast, peach, citrus and roasted almond. The palate is concentrated and richly flavoured with excellent mid palate weight and texture, beautifully supported by bright acidity. It’s rounded and seamless, and finishes superbly long. Made from 100% chardonnay. At its best: now to 2018. 93/100
Matariki Les Filles Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – 5 Stars
Beautifully ripe and fragrant, the bouquet shows dark plum, cassis, cedar and subtle game characters. It’s richly flavoured and generously textured with excellent mid palate weight, brilliantly supported by plenty of supple tannins. The wine shows impressive richness with a beautiful infusion of oak and tannin. Grapes were grown in the Gimblett Gravels district. At its best: Now to 2020. 94/100
Matariki Les Filles Syrah 2009 – 4.5 Stars
A generously proportioned Syrah, the lifted bouquet shows dark plum, blackberry, cedar and a hint of leather complexity. It’s succulent and velvety on the palate with excellent fruit intensity, leading to a sumptuous finish. Plush and flavoursome. From the Gimblett Gravels district. At its best: now to 2016. 91/100
Review - Michael Cooper - July 2014
Matariki Les Filles Blanc de Blanc 2009 – 4.5 Stars
The debut 2009 vintage (4.5*) is full of personality. A bottle-fermented Hawkes Bay Chardonnay, it is pale straw with a fragrant, rich citrusy bouquet. Crisp and dry, it is very yeasty, toasty and complex with a good intensity and vigour and a slightly creamy, rich finish.
Matariki Les Filles Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – 4.5 Stars
The debut 2009 Vintage (4.5*) was estate-grown and hand-picked in the Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay and matured in French oak barriques. Deeply coloured, it is a powerful, youthful wine, full bodied, with very generous, ripe, brambly, plummy, spicy flavours, strongly seasoned with nutty oak and gentle tannins. Drink now or cellar.
Matariki Les Filles Syrah 2009 – 4.5 Stars
The debut 2009 vintage (4.5*), released in 2014, was hand-harvested in the Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay and matured for over two years in predominantly French oak casks. Full and still fairly youthful in colour, it is mouthfilling and sweet-fruited with generous plum/spice flavours, hints of liquorice and prunes, savoury, nutty notes adding complexity and a smooth finish. Currently delicious, it’s a drink-now or cellaring proposition.
Cuisine Wine - Sparkling 2014 | 5 Stars | Top 10
Matariki 2009 Les Filles Blanc de Blanc
An aged style of Hawke’s Bay sparkling wine, it offers plenty of toasty, yeasty autolysis character, adding richness and extra dimensions to a heart of apple and citrus fruit. The well-concentrated palate has firm underlying structure and a long, very dry finish. 5 Stars