Matawhero Single Vineyard Gisborne Gewürztraminer 2020

December 17, 2020By Yvonne

Matawhero Single Vineyard Gisborne Gewürztraminer 2020 $23.99 It is super-easy to see how this wine, in its short lifespan, has made such an impact out there among gewurz-hounds. It boasts beautiful top notes of classic lychee, white peach, pear and honeysuckle, while on the palate it reveals crisp, clean, juicy stone fruit and spice saturation. … Read More

Moana Park Estate Growers’ Collection Gisborne Chardonnay 2020

December 2, 2020By Yvonne

Moana Park Estate Growers’ Collection Gisborne Chardonnay 2020 $25 Gisborne has a reputation for turning out classic, tropical, peachy, creamy styles that wow the crowds, and that’s why the Moana Park have opted to source fruit from the region to work their magic and shepherd it into the bottle. Subtle aromas of pear, peach and … Read More

Matawhero Irwin Gisborne Chardonnay 2018

September 7, 2020By Yvonne

Matawhero Irwin Gisborne Chardonnay 2018 $60 It’s hard to know where to actually start with how dangnabbit delicious this wine is.  It’s a tad embarrassing some of the sounds that fell out of my mouth while taking those first sips. If you can imagine a vocal hybrid of trying to say ‘oh wow’, ‘far out’ … Read More

Bushmere Estate Classic Gisborne Chardonnay 2018

June 14, 2020By Yvonne

Bushmere Estate Classic Gisborne Chardonnay 2018 $25 While this wine is super-creamy and nutty on the nose, there’s an explosion of grapefruit and toasted peaches as soon as you manage to get the glass into your gob, closely followed by a gurgle of lemon and a pinch of pineapple. David and Shona Egan have been … Read More

Matawhero Single Vineyard Gisborne Sauvignon Blanc 2019

June 12, 2020By Yvonne

Matawhero Single Vineyard Gisborne Sauvignon Blanc 2019 $23.99 I’m old enough to remember when a Gisborne sauvignon blanc won the championship sauvignon blanc trophy at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards – and that blew people’s minds!  This sauvignon blanc from the team at Matawhero brings back some of those memories of lemongrass, basil,  passionfruit,  … Read More

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