The Last Shepherd Gisborne Chardonnay 2017

May 13, 2019By Yvonne

The Last Shepherd Gisborne Chardonnay 2017 $19.99 Toast? check.  Roast peach? check.  Buttery textures? check.  Nutty layers? check.  Gisborne-ness? Quadruple check.  Here’s a chardonnay that literally ticks all the boxes for a good time, especially if you’ve got a hankering for quality, old-school, East coast, toasty, roasty, buttery-chards.  What it lacks a little in length … Read More

Montana Reserve Gisborne Chardonnay 2016

November 24, 2018By Yvonne

Montana Reserve Gisborne Chardonnay 2016 $16.99 On the nose this chardonnay has creme brulee, Mackintosh’s ‘Harrogate’ and roast peach perfume, while on the palate it’s rich, decently structured and shows solid juiciness right through to the finish.  It’s extremely gluggably good. Widely available.

Morton Estate Black Label Gisborne Chardonnay 2016

November 24, 2018By Yvonne

Morton Estate Black Label Gisborne Chardonnay 2016 $19.99  So here’s where things get really tricky because Lion, (the company that sent me this wine to review) say that it’s recommended retail price (rrp) is $19.99.  Yet when you Google this wine, some websites, like say “rrp $34.99 – but our price $16.99”. have … Read More

Le Pont Gisborne Chardonnay 2016 $39.99 4.5 stars

May 6, 2018By Yvonne

Le Pont Gisborne Chardonnay 2016 $39.99 (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 … Read More

Natural Wine Co. Organic Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2015 $19.99 (3.5 stars)

June 26, 2017By Yvonne

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. This results in a funkier, dryer style, laced with lychee … Read More

Wrights Gisborne Chardonnay 2015 $28

June 26, 2017By Yvonne

Crafted by organic pioneers Geoff and Nicola Wright from fruit grown in their Manutuke and Ormond vineyards, this is a different style of chardonnay in that its scented with green apple, lime and hints of nashi amongst the more signature peach, nougat and grapefruit. There’s a smidge of roasty, toasty oak, a whiff of smoke … Read More

Natural Wine Co. Organic Gisborne Chardonnay 2016 $19.99

June 26, 2017By Yvonne

Certified organic chardonnay here from Geoff and Nicola Wright, chardonnay that has a distinct ‘struck match’ aroma, smoky, flinty layers that once pushed through, give way to a ripe, rich, viscose palate packed with peach, caramelised, toasty characters, butterscotch and nutty notes on the finish. It’s a complex little chardonnay with bright acidity and a … Read More

Matawhero Gisborne Merlot 2016 $22 ★★★★

April 5, 2017By Yvonne

For a red that’s only just been bottled and released, this is drinking darn gorgeously. Ripe, round, plush plum and milk chocolate notes on the nose and palate, it’s dangerously smooth and velvety in the mouth and boasts a long, warming finish. Subtle fruitcake spices, pepper and hints of red berry add to the fruit … Read More

The Natural Wine Co. Gisborne Pinot Gris 2016 $19.95 (4.5 stars)

April 5, 2017By Yvonne

How’s this for hands-off winemaking. Organic fruit harvested a little later than normal to enhance the fruit sweetness and then the juice is left to soak overnight with the skins to extract a little more texture and complexity. Extended lees stirring during a ferment kickstarted with wild yeasts from the vineyard itself has added layers … Read More

Millton Te Arai Gisborne Muskats @Dawn 2016 $20 (3.5 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

On these sun-soaked summer days, sometimes all you want is a glass of something super-chilled and something that’s not going to knock you sideways.  Well here’s your answer.  At a positively demure 8.5% alcohol, this organic, biodynamically-produced, musky, peachy white is a fruity, trop-fest of a wine that’ll keep everyone happy.  Light, lovely and luscious … Read More