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2015 En Primeur - Winery News


Our winery goes from strength to strength. After 10 years we have lost Barry Riwai and Jordi Pena, but gained Matt Kirby and Rob Bregmen and we find this new energy exciting.  Learn more about Matt and Rob below.
It didn’t take one long to trust the new team and in some cases Tim has found them smarter than he is! Clearview is not some push button winery – we are very hands on from vineyard to bottle and these exacting standards are very important with quality the main parameter.

As vintage has come to fruition we have been blessed with a third amazing intake of fruit.  All ferments have gone through without fuss and the resulting wines are BIG and perfectly in balance with lots of Clearview flavour, which is our hallmark: chardonnays with ripe tropical flavours and reds that are punchy with lots of dark fruits and berries.
If you’re calling in please feel free to ask for Tim and request a tour. If possible he would love to show you our property and what we do to make our wines stand out. We also look forward to you visiting our restaurant where you can enjoy the best Hawke’s Bay produce matched with our wines.
Matt Kirby has joined as winemaker, replacing Barry Riwai, and Rob Bregmen joins the team as assistant winemaker.
Matt Kirby
Matt came to Hawke’s Bay from Knappstein Enterprise Winery and Brewery in the Clare Valley, South Australia where he served as winemaker for three seasons.  Prior to this, he experienced Australian vintages in Margaret River, Nagambie and Hunter Valley.  Internationally he has also worked vintages in France, Austria and America.
Matt says his first introduction to Clearview was in 2010 when he savoured several glasses of 2006 Reserve Chardonnay. “I’m delighted to learn more about and continue the amazing tradition here at Clearview.”
Rob Bregmen
Rob says he’s role at Clearview was exactly what he was looking for.  “Being hands-on is the level of involvement I’m keen for.  He spent several years in the fine wine sales in Hamilton before undertaking concurrent degrees in viticulture and wine science at EIT.
He won the A&P Society Young Vintners Scholarship in 2008, and a scholarship with Craggy Range led to five years’ employment with a three-month vintage in Oregon, USA making Pinot Noir.