Quintology is a blend of five red varietals iconic to Matariki.  This ultra premium Bordeaux style wine is made from stellar, hand selected parcels of exceptional fruit.  With a history of international recognition and accolades we are proud to bring you our 2009 & 2010 vintages.

2009 Quintology Tasting Notes

2010 Quintology Tasting Notes



Highlights from The Life of Quintology

Quintology Awards - Matariki Wines


‘GOLD’ 2000 International Wine Challenge in London ‘BLUE/GOLD’ 2001 Sydney International Wine Show


‘TROPHY & GOLD’ 2002 Hawkes Bay A&P Mercedes Benz Wine Awards ‘GOLD’ 2002 Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Challenge ‘5 STARS’ 2003 Winestate Annual, Best of NZ 2002


‘RESERVE CHAMPION’ 2005 Houston International Wine Competition, Texas ‘MAGNUM SOLD FOR $10,000 USD’ HIWC Texas Charity Wine Event Believed to be the highest priced wine ever from New Zealand


’90-95 POINTS’ 2008 eRobertParker.com ‘5 STARS’ 2009 Winestate Magazine


‘TROPHY & GOLD’ Best Export Wine 2011 Hawkes Bay A&P Mercedes Benz Wine Awards ‘5 STARS’ 2011 Raymond Chan Wine Review


Quintology Reviews

Cameron Douglas - Master Sommelier - Feb 2014

2010 Matariki ‘Quintology’ - 5 Stars
Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Syrah Cabernet Franc 2010

An integrating complex bouquet with lots of broody dark red berry fruits, leather, brown spices, chocolate and toasty oak layers. On the palate – complex, sophisticated and alluring with a mix of sweet oak, ripe fruits, gravelly soils and palate appeal; high(ish) tannins and medium+ acidity all brought together in great harmony. Choose a great piece of cheese and go for it! 5 Stars

Matariki ‘Quintology’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay 2010 5 Stars (Aug 2015)

A blend, in descending order, of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah and Cabernet Franc from the Gimblett Gravels, hand-picked and fermented to 13.8% alc., the wine aged 2 years in 50% new French oak barriques.  Full, very dark, deep, ruby-red colour, with light garnet hues on edge.  The nose is full, deep and concentrated with fresh, lively and vibrant aromas of dark red and black berry and plum fruit entwined with licorice, spices and redcurrant elements.  Layers of pepper, game and earth emerge, revealing the beginnings of secondary complexity.  Medium-full bodied, fresh, sweet, vibrant and juicy fruit flavours of dark red and black berry fruits feature on the palate, revealing layers of plum, liquorice, pepper, spices, earth and dried herbs.  This combines freshness and a degree of primary expression with subtle savoury secondary interest.  The mouthfeel is bright and fresh with acid vitality, and the fruit is supported by fine, grainy tannin structure and extract that carries the wine to an elegant, lingering, nuanced finish with cedar and pencilly oak.  This is a sweet and vibrantly fruited, complex Merlot-based blend with layers of fruit and nuance, a fresh mouthfeel and positive structure for further development over the next 7-10 years.  Match with roasted red meats and hard cheeses.  18.5+/20 

Matariki Quintology Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay 2009 - 5 Stars (Jul 2014)

Hand-picked fruit, 43% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 8% Syrah and 4% Cabernet Franc, from Gimblett Road, fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged in French oak barriques. Very full, dark, black-hued ruby-red colour with a touch of garnet on rim. This has an elegant and harmoniously integrated, seamless bouquet of ripe, bright and aromatic black berry fruits with layers of plum and curranty detail, lifted with suggestions of dark red floral fragrances and sweet oak nuances. Medium-full to full-bodied, and elegantly proportioned on palate, a harmonious amalgam of fruits, with dark berries and plums flows with very fine, ripe lacy acidity providing poise and tension. The fruit is underlined be very refined tannin extraction which allows the fruit sweetness to feature. Iron-earth, mineral, liquorice and sweet toasty oak nuances emerge and carry through to a very long and sustained, succulent finish. This is a beautifully rich, refined and complex detailed Bordeaux-blend with seamless vitality. Match with roast lamb, beef and venison, or hard cheeses over the next 10+ years. 19.0/20 Jul 2014 RRP $80.00


Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 


Matariki Quintology 2010 Hawke's Bay 94/100 5 Stars (July 2015)
Stylish and complex, the engaging bouquet is filled with dark fruit, roasted meat, mixed spice and cigar box aromas, leading to a generous palate that delivers plush texture and excellent fruit sweetness. The wine offers waves of fruit/savoury/cedary flavours, backed by fine, chalky tannins. A gorgeous blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, syrah and cabernet franc. At its best: now to 2018. 

Matariki Quintology 2009 - 5 Stars (June 2014)
From the outstanding 2009 vintage, this Gimblett Gravels red is gloriously complex and attractive on the nose displaying fabulous aromas of dark fruits, game, truffle and roasted nuts. The palate is velvety and beautifully weighted with a rounded mouthfeel. It’s harmonious, seamless and extremely long on the finish. A blend of 43% merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24 % merlot, 24% cabernet franc. At its best: now to 2022. 95/100


Michael Cooper - July 2014

Matariki Quintology 2009 - 5 Stars
This Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay red is a marriage of five varieties, in 2009 (5*) Merlot (43 percent), Cabernet Sauvignon (34 percent), Malbec (11 percent), Syrah (8 percent) and Cabernet Franc (4 percent). Matured in French oak barriques, it has attractively deep, youthful colour. Mouthfilling, rich and smooth, with ripe blackcurrant/plum flavours to the fore and gentle spicy notes, it is an impressively savoury, complex red, very finely textured and harmonious. Delicious now, it should be at its best 2016+


Jayson Bryant on 2007 Quintology 

Bob Campbell, for Gourmet Wine Traveller, Top 12 on 2005 Quintology
“The winemakers of Bordeaux are sure to be kept on their toes… A complex red with character and class.”

Yvonne Lorkin for National Farming Review on 2007 Quintology
“One of New Zealand’s best known red wines, this example of Gimblett Gravels gorgeousness… is exceptional.”

Raymond Chan comments on 2007 Quintology
“.. intense and concentrated nose with an elegance of proportion… This is an archetype Gimblett Gravels red…”

RobertParker.com on 2005 Quintology

Timothy Giles for Sunday Herald ‘Drink’ on 2002 Quintology
“To cherish and adore, star performer

Yvonne Lorkin for HB Today ’48 Hours’ on 2002 Quintology
“its quintessential”


Vintage 2009

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.


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