Matawhero First Sun Gisborne Rosé 2018 $39.95 (3.5 stars)

What’s better than a bottle of crisp, snappy, fruit-soaked rosé? An even bigger bottle that’s what! Now it might be the middle of winter, but the team at Matawhero reckon it’s time they release their tribute to growing grapes in the first place that sees the sun each day. Made from merlot grapes, this has […]

Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column July 21 2018

Yvonne Lorkin Canvas Column July 21 2018 If the words ‘crazy whites’ conjures up Trumpy connotations, quickly rejig the phrase to ‘crazy good whites’ and you’ll calmly enter the world of this weeks’ wines… Obsidian Reserve Waiheke Island Viognier 2015 $48  I first sipped this wine while listening to the album Raising Sand, by Robert […]

Matawhero Irwin Gisborne Chardonnay 2016 $59.99

Launched in September 2017 as Matawhero’s first-time, flagship wine, this chardonnay has so many French hallmarks I think I’m going to christen it a ‘Gisburgundy’ style.  And yet no French oak was used, instead the grapes were crushed and fermented wild in a combo of American and Hungarian barrels which imprint a smoked vanilla character […]

Le Pont Gisborne Chardonnay 2016 $36 4.5 stars

Le Pont Gisborne Chardonnay 2016 $36 (4.5 stars) Old school chardonnay fans ahoy!  Named in Tribute to the pioneering Irwin family who bought the first Mendoza clone chardonnay to Gisborne in the 1970’s, they went on to found a French restaurant called Le Pont.  A combination of French and American oak barrels has injected a […]

Young Estate Bettie Bubbles Methode Traditionelle NV $34 (3.5 stars)

Hayley Young is the talent behind this golden, Gisborne-grown fizz which has had a couple of years to develop in the bottle. Subtle aromas of crushed cashews and rising dough surrender to soft citrus and caramelized characters which follow through on the palate. It’s a lightly-styled sparkles that has notes of baked apple on the […]

Coopers Creek Single Barrel Select Vineyards Gisborne Vermentino 2017 $20.90 (4 stars)

Vermentino is the signature white wine of the Italian Island of Sardinia – but it hitched a ride over to Godzone and set up it’s own happy casa in Gisborne. Dry yet generously layered with apple, lemon and white peach, aromas of sea breezes and crushed shells, it’s crisp, tangy, rich and it absolutely sings […]

Bushmere Estate Classic Gisborne Chardonnay 2015 $25.00

Ahoy there, fans of East Coast awesomeness! This is classic Gisborne in a glass right here and if you’ve been lamenting the loss of that old-school style then fret no more because David and Shona Egan have come to the rescue. I love the edge of buttery pastry, toasty notes that cloak the nectarine, peach […]

TW Wines Gisborne Verdelho 2014 $25 (3.5 stars)

Anita Ewart-Croy is a bit of a verdelho vixen if I do say so myself. Extremely rare in New Zealand, it’s a variety that’s the signature white grape of Portugal and it’s used to make those awesomely ageworthy, luxuriously sweet Madiera’s. Anita however, turns the Tietjen Witters fruit into a dry and mineral-focused style with […]

Hihi The Full Monty Gisborne Chardonnay 2017 $15.99 (3 stars)

Aromas of crème brulee, roasted peach, sweet pineapple notes and a lick of luscious oak to round out the spicy notes. Creamy and nutty and plush – it’s a fruit fest on the palate and a total crowd-pleaser. www.winecentral.co.nz  

Spade Oak Heart of Gold Gisborne Tempranillo Rosé $23 (4.5 stars)

This is such a pretty, trout-pink coloured wine in the glass and on the nose it bursts with raspberry marshmallow, watermelon and hints of cherry. There’s even a touch of creaming soda and tamarillo in there too. Succulent, saucy and served chilled with a bowl full of bhuja mix it’s just perfect. Or if you’re […]

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