Matua Valley was founded in a tin shed in 1974 by two brothers, Bill and Ross Spence. The brothers wanted to make wine in New Zealand that was as good as any in the world. As a small, family-run winery in West Auckland, Matua Valley quickly gained a reputation for innovation and producing award-winning New Zealand wines. The name Matua (mah-too-ah) in Maori, New Zealand's native language, means "head of the family" which is a very appropriate title, as Matua Valley produced New Zealand's first Sauvignon Blanc in 1974 just outside of Auckland, paving the way for the phenomenon that this unique wine style would soon become. They are now recognized globally as a premium New Zealand wine brand with a broad range of award-winning wines. Paretai (which means "riverbank") comes from their finest Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in Marlborough, a region carved out by the Wairau and Awatere rivers. The whale tail symbolizes Marlborough's coastal connections as it is a world-renowned place for spotting migrating whales. This wine is a classic Marlborough style, expressively aromatic, layered, and crisp.
Bright straw in color with a green hue. Tremendously aromatic with spicy and punchy aromas of nettle and tropical fruits with a real minerality. Palate is seamless and mouth filling. Pair with blue-fin tuna steak seasoned and momentarily seared (still pink in the middle) and served with fresh salsa made of lime juice, olive oil, avocado, red onion, capsicum, and tomato.