Matawhero Church House Barrel Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay 2018

March 13, 2020By Yvonne

Matawhero Church House Barrel Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay 2018 $29.99 It’s a rare thing to see chardonnay that’s been farmed without irrigation in this country, but the Matawhero team reckon it’s the best way to achieve purity of flavour and really stamp the signature of the soils on a wine.  It means the vines need to … Read More

Millton Riverpoint Vineyard Gisborne Gewürztraminer 2015

February 28, 2020By Yvonne

Millton Riverpoint Vineyard Gisborne Gewürztraminer 2015 $26 Righto.  So it’s to be kind of expected that a wild and woolly, funky and frisky, organically, biodynamically produced gewurztraminer will look, smell and taste different to the norm.  This is what you’ll find in the Millton 2015.  Bronze-coloured in the glass and offering manuka honey, fusel, spice … Read More

747 Estate Mendoza Selection Chabis Style Gisborne Chardonnay 2017

February 10, 2020By Yvonne

747 Estate Mendoza Selection Chablis Style Gisborne Chardonnay 2017 $24 It doesn’t say so on the label (which has got to be one of the ugliest I’ve ever seen), the 747 Estate is a brand produced by Gisborne chardonnay pioneer Denis Irwin. Who I was expecting more from to be honest.  Ugly, lazy label and … Read More

Coopers Creek The Little Rascal Gisborne Arneis 2015

December 30, 2019By Yvonne

Coopers Creek The Little Rascal Gisborne Arneis 2015 $20.90 Reviewed in Dish Magazine April 2020 – paired with Chermoula Fried fish with tzatziki Holy tzatziki Batman!  This smorgasbord of spice is complimented by the delicately citrussy Coopers Creek ‘The Little Rascal’ Gisborne Arneis 2015 ($20.90). Indigenous to Piemonte in North-West Italy, and now grown by … Read More

Bushmere Estate Gisborne Classic Chardonnay 2017

December 20, 2019By Yvonne

Bushmere Estate Gisborne Classic Chardonnay 2017 $25 Creamy peach and soft grapefruit flavours abound in this Gisborne classic style of chardonnay.  Not overly oaky or buttery, just a smooth, silky, super-easy, crowd-pleaser chardonnay with a tropical finish. www.bushmere.com

Wild Waves Gisborne Chardonnay 2017

December 20, 2019By Yvonne

Wild Waves Gisborne Chardonnay 2017 $21 French winemakers Renan Theilloux and Aurélien Mansuy have thrown themselves into making the Wild Waves range of wines, a brand dedicated to their winemaking adventures over oceans, in distant lands before they set roots down in New Zealand.  This chardonnay has all those good Gisborne signatures such as ripe … Read More

Spade Oak Voysey Series Gisborne Pinot Gris 2019

December 2, 2019By Yvonne

Spade Oak Voysey Series Gisborne Pinot Gris 2019 ($18.50) Paired with Chickpea and Eggplant Salad – Canvas Sat Dec 7th 2019 Pair the earthy awesomeness of this vegan dish with a wine real vavoom.  The Spade Oak Voysey Series Gisborne Pinot Gris 2019 ($18.50) is crafted from the Italian clone of pinot gris, known as … Read More

TW Reserve Gisborne Reserve Chardonnay 2018

October 2, 2019By Yvonne

TW Reserve Gisborne Reserve Chardonnay 2018 $27 Bottled on the 29th March 2019, this chardonnay is shaping up to be quite something special. Ripe, rumpty and ready for action with buckets of roast nectarine, creamy, cashew and almond layers and a plush, juicy mouthfeel.  This classic Gisborne chardonnay is a huge crowd-pleaser and ultra-long on … Read More

Odyssey Wines Hera Gisborne Chardonnay 2018

September 18, 2019By Yvonne

Odyssey Wines Hera Gisborne Chardonnay 2018 $70 Hera is winemaker Rebecca Salmond’s flagship chardonnay.  Rebecca is a chardonnay obsessive, so if she deems fruit worthy of ‘Hera’ status then chardonnay lovers like me sit up and take notice.  Before I launch into telling you how much I love this wine, here’s a quick Greek mythology … Read More