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 […]

The Family Company Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2017 $25

This wine erupts with lychee, mandarin, ginger and buckets of stonefruit on the nose and palate. It’s juicy, spicy and has a luxurious unctuosity about it. Gisborne is essentially the spiritual home of gewürztraminer in this country and this is testament to that. Stunning stuff indeed. Sip with: Pork, coriander and ginger pot stickers. www.thefamilywines.com […]

Longbush Wines Gisborne Pinot Gris 2017 $13.95 (3 stars)

Here’s a bright, tangy, tropical crowd-pleaser of a pinot gris with good cause behind it. Designed to help fund the Longbush Eco-Sanctuary run by Anne and Jeremy Salmond, it aims to create a haven for endangered birds and plants on the banks of the Waimata River, 7kms from Gisborne. So you can enjoy your pear, […]

The Hunting Lodge Gisborne Marsanne Viognier 2016 $25

This is a classic Rhone blend of two key varieties that are very tricky to get right, yet the Hunting Lodge kids have cracked it. Incredibly tasty and a total floral-fest on the nose, I love its apricot and jasmine notes, mandarin pith and lemony loveliness. Zesty acidity, incredible texture and deliciously pure, white fruits […]

Millton Te Arai Gisborne Chenin Blanc $29 (4 stars)

Glossy and golden in the glass, this organic, biodynamically produced chenin blanc has late summer afternoons written all over it.  With its perfume of apple leather, nana’s talc and musky magic, it’s aromatically intriguing, yet on the palate it delivers a whoomph (technical term there) of racy acidity, crunchy apple, pear and citrus pith on […]

Millton Opou Vineyard Gisborne Riesling 2015 $28

Organic, biodynamically-grown goodness here from East Coast icons James and Annie Millton.  At just 8.5% alc, it’s retained a hefty whack of natural, honeysuckle-like sweetness which harmoniously connects with zesty, citrus-led freshness, apple, lime and all-round loveliness. Sip with: chicken tikka marsala. www.millton.co.nz

The Family Company ‘Cosmos’ Methode Traditionelle $25 (3.5 stars)

“All life begins with a bang” says winemaker John Thorpe of his fun, Gisborne-grown sparkler.  Cosmos is made from 100% Chardonnay aged for just over two years in bottle before being released, it’s scented with lemon, breadcrust and yellow plum, and also boasts tangy citrus pith, nutty notes and creamy complexity on the finish. www.gisbornegourmet.com

Natural Wine Co. Organic Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2015 $17.99

This is about as natural as it gets for gewurztraminer production. Nicola and Geoff Wright are organic pioneers in Gisborne and alongside not adding any herbicides, insecticides or fungicides, they’re also not adding any yeast, opting instead for wild, ‘natural’ yeasts to conduct the ferment. Here’s a funkier, smokier, drier style, laced with lychee and […]

The Family Company Gisborne Viognier 2015 $25

When art dealer Gene Walker married Gisborne-based clothes designer and café owner Chelsea Thorpe, little did he know that soon he’d be in business making wine with her dad.  The Family Company are now one of Gisborne’s most exciting producers, crafting viognier (vee-yon-yay) perfumed with apricots, cardamom, jasmine and orange oil and showing ripe peach […]

Matawhero Gisborne Pinot Rose 2017 $23 (4stars)

Elevated scents of creaming soda, raspberry, strawberry, soft cherry and apple rise out of the glass and what follows are layers of ultra-tangy, crunchy-crisp, fruit-soaked flavours. Despite 2017 being a challenging vintage in Gisborne, this pinot noir was grown in the Tietjen vineyard grew nicely and got to good ripeness levels, resulting in rose with […]

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