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Spade Oak and Heart of Gold - Archive

31 December,2010
An archive of Spade Oak and Heart of Gold wines from the Wine2Trade portfolio no longer available

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Spade Oak Gisborne Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blancs 2009

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand – Gisborne

18/20

100% Chardonnay from the ‘Spade Oak' vineyard, fermented in seasoned French oak with 100% MLF to 12.5% alc. The wine has 10.0 g/L dosage and spend 24 months on lees, being disgorged 7 May 2012. Bright, light golden-straw colour, lighter on edge, with moderately persistent, fine bead. The nose is very fresh with ripe yellow floral and light citrus fruit aromas along with fine, bready yeast autolysis, hints of nuts and toast interwoven with the fruit. This has depth and concentration. Dry to taste with moderate mousse, rich and firm flavours of white and yellow stonefruits form a deep core, complexed with citrus, bread and nutty elements. While the textures are creamy and the acidity is balanced, there is an underlying firm, thirst-quenching dryness to the palate line. The wine finishes with attractively delicate stonefruit, mineral and yeasty notes. This is a fulsome Blanc de Blanc with the potential to develop greater interest over the next 4-5+ years. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood. 18.0/20 Jun 2012 RRP $44.95 (TBC)

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Spade Oak Gisborne Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Noirs 2009

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand – Gisborne

18.5/20

Straw-yellow colour with some light golden hues, light on edge. This has a light bead with fine bubbles. This has a very full, rich and weighty bouquet with ripe yellow stonefruit and nutty aromas that form a dense amalgam on the nose, that reveals notes of toast, smoke and bready elements. This shows good autolysis and Pinot Noir character. Dry to taste, rich and lush flavours of ripe stonefruits and nuts merge seamlessly with yeasty, bready flavours. The mousse is lively and creamy, and the mouthfeel very fine-textured and vibrant. The Pinot Noir depth is the feature, but autolysis interest emerges in the glass. The flavours are driven to a very long, mouthwatering and crisp finish with detailed nuances. This is a complex and full flavoured Blanc de Noirs with excellent freshness and balance. Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 4-5+ years. A blend of 95% clone 5 Pinot Noir and 5% Chardonnay from the ‘Spade Oak' vineyard, fermented in seasoned French oak with 100% MLF to 12.5% alc. The wine has 6.0 g/L dosage and spend 24 months on lees, being disgorged 7 May 2012 18.5/20 Jun 2012 RRP $39.95 TBC 

A blend of 95% Clone 5 Pinot Noir and 5% Chardonnay from the ‘Spade Oak' vineyard, totally fermented in seasoned French oak with 100% MLF to 12.5% alc., and carrying a dosage of 6.0 g/L, the wine on lees 12 months, disgorged in October 2011. Light golden yellow colour with a pale edge and a fine bead. This has a soft, full nose, very gentle, with layers of densely packed aromas of yellow stonefruits, toast, nuts, and a little buttery MLF, forming a complex amalgam. Dry to taste, the palate is soft, open and broad, with fine, even effervescence. The flavours of ripe, dark yellow stonefruits intermingle with citrus, nuts, subtle aldehydes and toasty bread, and are seamlessly presented with restrained richness and smooth textures. The mid-palate blossoms with layers of interest, and soft acidity enhances the immediacy of the wine. This is ‘stonefruit heaven' and will be a match with rich seafood, poultry and pork over the next 3-4+ years. 18.0/20 Nov 2011 RRP TBA
 
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Spade Oak Gisborne Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blancs 2014

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand – Gisborne

18+/20
Bright yellow colour with light golden hues, paler on the rim with persistent, moderately fine bubbles. This has a fresh, up-front, vigorous and vibrant bouquet with fruit aromas of white stonefruits and white florals expressed with clarity and purity, and entwined with fie bready yeast autolysis, unfolding subtle nuances of nuts and citrus fruits. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion with pure and clear flavours of white stonefruits, white florals and citrus fruits melded with fine, intense, bready autolysis. The mouthfeel is bright and refreshing with creamy mousse enlivening the depth of the autolytic expression. The wine follows a fine phenolic line, and the crisp acidity carries the wine to a lingering, dry, textured finish with some grip, and stonefruit and bready flavours. This is a crisp, refreshing, pure Blanc de Blancs Methode Traditionnelle with intense, bready autolysis. Serve as an aperitif, and with seafood over the next 3+ years. 100% Mendoza clone Chardonnay from the Turanganui block of the ‘Ashwood' vineyard, fermented in 2,500 L cuve and seasoned French oak with 100% MLF to 12.5% alc. The wine has 8.0 g/L dosage and spent 14 months on lees, being disgorged March 2016. 18.0+/20 Apr 2016 RRP $44.95

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Spade Oak ‘Reserve' Gisborne Viognier 2009

Viognier from New Zealand – Gisborne

18.5+/20
Both Gisborne and Hawke's Bay have proven suitable regions for top flight Viognier. It may be the star variety for the Voyseys. This was fermented with wild yeasts to 14.7% alc. and aged 16 months in seasoned oak, 50% undergoing MLF. Bright, light straw yellow with golden hues. Very fresh, this has a steely-edged nose with fine floral lift, perfumes, excellent intensity and depth. Dry on palate with 1.9 g/L rs, this combines an elegance of style with real richness and lusciousness of exotic apricotty fruit, the alcohol and acidity providing excellent proportion and depth. A wine with great line and length, with the potential to develop well over the next 5 years. 150 cases made. 18.5+/20 Oct 2010 RRP $34.95
 
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Spade Oak ‘Reserve' Gisborne Viognier 2010

Viognier from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5/20
Viognier from the ‘Spade Oak' vineyard barrel-fermented by indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc. and 2.78 g/L rs. 5% 2011 Viognier added for balance. 100% MLF. Bright, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour, pale on rim. The bouquet is full and openly accessible with aromas of ripe, savoury apricots and tropical fruits , nutty oak and buttery MLF forming a complex, funky amalgam revealing waves of detail and nuances. Dry to taste and full-bodied, solidly presented and densely packed flavours of ripe citrus fruits, savoury tropical fruits, apricots and butter meld with nutty, toasty oak. The mouthfeel is soft, creamy and warm with generosity from underlying alcohol power. The acidity is discreet, accentuating the breadth and rounded, fulsome palate and the wine has a sustained, near unctuous finish. This is a full, soft and funky Viognier with creamy textures. Match with Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine over the next 3-4+ years. 17.5/20 Feb 2013 RRP $34.95
 
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Spade Oak Gisborne Chardonnay 2007

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5+/20
The first release of Chardonnay under the Spade Oak label. It includes 10% Viognier and was wild yeast fermented to 13.4% alc., then spent 16 months in 20% new French oak equivalence. Bright light golden yellow in colour, this is somewhat reductive on opening, but a complex nutty amalgam with mealy, tropical fruit emerges with breathing. Dry, full-bodied with rich textures, this is rounded and creamy, with complex ripe tropical fruit flavours underlying the nuttiness. It is in a tunnel now, but is sure to emerge with harmony over the next 12-18 months. 17.5+/20 Oct 2010 RRP $34.95
 
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Spade Oak ‘Reserve' Gisborne Syrah 2009

Syrah from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5+/20
The style of Syrah from Gisborne seems not as clearly defined in peppery purity or florals. The savoury reds of Southern France come to mind with examples of the region. Co-fermented with 5% Viognier by wild yeasts to 13.1%alc., then aged 6 months in 40% new French oak equivalence. Deep, dark ruby-garnet colour. This has a soft, rich nose of dark fruits, spices, white and black pepper, a little shy in expression at present. Dry on palate, this has a firm, but fine-textured structure, backed by dry, earthy black fruits and some peppery notes. The tannin grip will enable the wine to match robust red meat dishes. 80 cases made. 17.5+/20 Oct 2010 RRP $34.95
 
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Spade Oak ‘Reserve' Gisborne Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Gisborne

18.5-/20
Chardonnay is a passion for the Voyseys, with Steve well-respected as a top maker of it and Eileen a respected grower. They see Gisborne as a natural home for the variety. This has 5% Viognier included, natural yeast fermented to 13.3% alc., then aged 16 months in 20% new French oak equivalence. 50% underwent MLF. Bright, light golden straw yellow in colour. This has a beautifully fresh and tightly bound nose of peaches and white stonefruits along with minerally aromatics. Dry on palate, this is elegant and intense, with minerals and ripe citrus and stonefruit flavour, with the barest nuance of exotic lift. Very fine-textured, some MLF notes, oak very much in balance. It has good freshness that will help the wine keep 3-4+ years. 110 cases made. 18.5-/20 Oct 2010 RRP $34.95
 
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Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Gisborne

19/20

A barrel selection wine. Rua 1 clone Chardonnay fruit from 14 y.o. vines, with 5% Viognier, WBP and fully barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts to 12.8% alc., the wine aged 11 months in second fill French oak, undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, light-edged. The bouquet is tightly bound and elegant with fine, poised and detailed aromas of yellow stonefruits, nuts and flinty minerals that grow in interest. Medium-bodied, tightly concentrated and very refined flavours of stonefruits, nuts, oak and minerals are underlined by real power and drive. This has startling intensity, revealing subtle layers of richness and great depth. The fruit, oak and complex, intricate flavours grow with energy, and are carried along a very fine textural line with fresh, lacy acidity. This has a very long, lingering finish featuring citrus, nuts and cream. This is a classically elegant, but powerful Chardonnay with layers of subtle complexities. Match with roasted white meat dishes over the next 4-6 years. 100 cases made. 19.0/20 Aug 2013 RRP $34.95

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Spade Oak ‘Reserve' Gisborne Noble Viognier 2009

Sweet Wine from New Zealand – Gisborne

19/20
The combination of Viognier varietal expression and botrytis is extremely complementary. An increasing number of ‘Noble Viognier' wines are appearing. This is 13.3% alc., with 199 g/L rs, aged 14 months in seasoned oak, given 20% MLF. Full, deep, light golden yellow in colour, this has a soft and full bouquet packed with ripe tropical and apricotty fruit aromas superbly intermixed with apricot and marmalade botrytis notes, overlaid with wild honey. Subtle volatile lift adds complexity here. Very sweet and luscious on palate, this is soft and richly textured, with density of decadent and opulent honied flavours along with exotic fruits. This is very lush, yet retains some style and restraint, preventing any cloying. 80 cases of 375 ml bottles made. 19.0/20 Oct 2010 RRP $34.95
 
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Heart of Gold Gisborne Chardonnay/Viognier 2009

Blended White from New Zealand – Gisborne

18-/20
The blend of Chardonnay and Viognier seems very compatible. This is 60% Chardonnay and 40% Viognier, wild yeast barrel fermented to 13.7% alc. and 2.9 g/L rs., given 50% MLF, then aged in 30% new French oak equivalence. Bright, light golden straw colour, this has a ripe tropical and peach fruited nose lifted with apricotty notes, quite dense, solid, voluminous and textured on nose. Dry, but with real richness and interest on palate, the interaction of ripe tropical fruits some exotic lift, spicy oak all comes together with an oily, unctuous mouthfeel. A full-bodied number. 130 cases made. 18.0-/20 Oct 2010 RRP $28.95
 
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Heart of Gold Gisborne Gruner Veltliner 2010

Gruner Veltliner from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5+/20

Bright, light-golden-hued straw-yellow colour, pale on rim. This has a full and deep nose with concentrated aromas of herbs, white stonefruit and nuts, well integrated and compact. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, this is well-packed with fruit flavours of white stonefruit, herbs and pepper, the wine showing clarity with weight and vinous presence. The palate has linearity and drive, and is starting to round out, showing some richness and luscious nuances. The palate carries through to a crisp, clean and moderately long finish. .Fruit from the ‘Spade Oak' vineyard fermented to 13.0% alc. and 1 g/L rs, the wine spending 3 months on lees. This Gruner Veltliner has put on weight and richness, and shows good body and linear drive, with herb and stonefruit flavours clearly defined. Drink with seafood and poultry over the next 2+ years. 75 cases made. 17.5+/20 Apr 2012 RRP $24.95

This wine joins the new and small brigade of wineries that are playing with this Austrian white variety. The Voyseys have played it safe, without incorporating a heavy winemaker's hand, the wine spending 3 months on lees. Pale edged, light straw yellow in colour, this is youthful in appearance. This has a fresh, lightly herbal nose with white peach, mineral and peppery aromas, akin a subtle Sauvignon Blanc. This has 13.0% alc. and is dry on palate, with 1.0 g/L rs, but it has good fruit sweetness, and is soft and gentle, yet fresh, with good acidity. It has light herb and pepper notes and is very approachable, drink now - 2 years. 75 cases made. 16.5+/20 Oct 2010 RRP $28.95
 
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Heart of Gold Gisborne Syrah/Tempranillo 2009

Blended Red from New Zealand – Gisborne

18/20
A unusual blend that seems natural for Spain or Australia. 63% Syrah, 37% Tempranillo, this was wild yeast fermented and aged 7 months in 40% new French oak equivalence. Medium deep ruby red in colour. This has a lovely waxy-red berry nose with cedar and spices, a little shy at present. Medium-bodied at 12.8% alc., this is an elegant red with floral lift, black pepper and spice from the Syrah, and dark chocolate flavours with fine, but firm tannins providing excellent grip and structure through the palate. The fruit sweetness carries through well to the finish. 215 cases made. 18.0/20 Oct 2010 RRP $24.95
 
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Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold' Gisborne Gruner Veltliner 2011

Gruner Veltliner from New Zealand – Gisborne

16.5+/20
Fruit from the ‘Spade Oak' vineyard indigenous yeast fermented in very old oak to 11.5% alc. and dryness. Brilliant, even straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues. The bouquet is full, open and broad with solidly packed savoury herb, white floral, mineral and nutty aromas. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, bright and lush, up-front flavours of savoury herb and complex, oxidative, nutty notes have richness balanced with fresh acidity and light phenolic textures and a suggestion of bitterness. The wine flows smoothly with harmony and balance, carrying through to a long and lingering, soft and dry finish of herbs, stonefruits and nuts. This is a funky, slightly nutty-herby Gruner Veltliner with some up-front fruit and delicate richness. Serve with antipasto and first courses over the next 2+ years. 16.5+/20 Feb 2013 RRP $24.95
 
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Heart of Gold Gisborne Albarino 2011

Other White from New Zealand – Gisborne

18.5-/20
From the first Spanish importation of the variety by Riversun Nursery, 990 vines are planted in the ‘Spade Oak' vineyard, 2011 being the first crop. Hand-picked and inoculated yeast fermented to 12.0% alc. and 5 g/L rs, the wine spending 6 months on light lees, with no MLF. Brilliant pale straw-yellw colour, very even with depth. The nose softly packed with intense lime and an array of white and yellow floral aromas. Dry to taste, there are piquant and exotic floral flavours, and white peach notes, very concentrated and weighty in presentation and underlined by elevated, slippery acidity. The textures are simultaneously racy and oily, and the freshness of mouthfeel allied to the cut is a feature. The palate has a long, lingering finish marked by crisp, piercing flavours and acidity. This has great fruit depth and cut, and is a wine to match with tapas, and rich seafood and poultry dishes over the next 3-4+ years. (375 ml) 18.5-/20 Dec 2011 RRP N/A
 
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Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold' Gisborne Albarino 2012

Other White from New Zealand – Gisborne

17/20
Bright, very pale straw colour with faint green hues, pale on rim. The nose features fresh and intense aromas of white florals with underlying herb and mineral notes and delicate nutty elements, the bouquet expressed with real clarity and purity. Dry to taste and light-bodied, very clean, pure and light flavours of white florals, stonefruits and minerals show with some succulence, enlivened by soft, lacy acidity. A tightly bound, but softly firm core has a fresh linearity that leads to a light texturally grainy finish with moderately sustained, steely, floral nuances. This is a light-weighted, pure, floral-flavoured, dry Albarino with a firm textured and racy palate. Match with seafood over the next 2+ years. Fruit from the ‘Spade Oak' vineyard fermented to 11.6% alc. and 2 g/L rs, the wine seeing no oak or lees contact. 17.0/20 Feb 2013 RRP $24.95
 
Fruit from the ‘Spade Oak' vineyard fermented to 11.6% alc. and 2 g/L rs, the wine seeing no oak or lees contact. Bright straw-yellow colour with the faintest suggestion of blush, pale on rim. This has a softly fresh and full, aromatic nose of passionfruit with notes of exotic yellow florals and stonefruits with nuances of musk, herbs and earth. Dry, crisp and tightly bound, this is elegantly structured but possesses underlying depth and a firm line. Passionfruit and mineral infused floral flavours show with purity and are driven by crisp, firm acidity. The wine appears on the austere side, but reveals a subtle richness and more weight in the glass which carries through to a long, linear finish. This is a crisp, racy and firm Albarino with passionfruity flavours that will reveal greater richness over the next3-4 years. Match with seafood. 450 bottles made. Release date to be advised. 17.5/20 Aug 2012 RRP $24.95 
 
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Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne Albarino 2013

Other White from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5/20

Brilliant, light straw-yellow colour with slight hints of gold, lighter on rim. The nose is very fresh and elegant with pure aromas of white florals and citrus zest forming a fine core, cut by minerally elements. Dry to taste and medium-light bodied, light, pure and cutting white stonefruits and exotic floral flavours are enlivened by zesty, bracing acidity. The mouthfeel is racy and slippery and the palate flows with smoothness. This has plenty of tension and energy surrounding the rounded core and the flavours carry through to a bright, refreshing finish with citrus and floral nuances. This is a very crisp, racy, fine-featured Albarino with pure white floral flavours. Serve with seafood and white meat dishes with creamy sauces over the next 3 years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Spade Oak; vineyard, third crop, WBP and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.1% alc., and 1.9 g/L RS. 155 dozen made. 17.5/20 Nov 2013 RRP $24.95

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Heart of Gold Gisborne Petit Manseng 2011

Other White from New Zealand – Gisborne

18+/20
First crop from vines from ENTAV-INRA material sourced through Riversun Nursery. 200 vines planted in the ‘Spade Oak' vineyard. Fruit hand-picked and inoculated yeast fermented to 12.0% alc. with 18 g/L rs. 6 months on light lees with no MLF. Bright, light golden-straw colour with a pale rim. This has a soft, deep and concentrated bouquet of ripe yellow stonefruits with nuances of nuts and savoury tropical fruits, becoming voluminous in the glass. Off-dry, there are rich and full flavours of ripe yellow fruits with honey and spice notes, along with nutty elements forming a weighty, and dense core that is nearly unctuous. High acidity marks the palate, and while very cutting and zesty, a slippery oiliness of texture mollifies the firmness. The acidity carries the long finish of exotic fruits and florals. A distinctively exotic wine with a sense of decadence and weight, the racy acidity will make it a match with rich Asian and Mediterranean influenced cuisine over the next 4+ years. Steve and Eileen Voysey are considering a riper expression in a dessert wine style for the next release of this variety, which is seen as a relation of Gros Manseng. (375 ml) 18.0+/20 Dec 2011 RRP N/A
 
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Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne Rosé 2013

Rose from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5-/20

Tempranillo fruit from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, destemmed and given 2 days cold soak and fermented in stainless-steel to 12.4% alc. and 8 g/L RS. Soft.pink-red colour with some depth, and lighter purple hues on edge. The bouquet is fresh and tightly bound with focussed aromas of fresh raspberry and red cherry fruit, and subtle nuances of confectionary, spices and herbs. Dryish to taste, full, up-front rich and juicy flavours of raspberries and strawberries fill the mouth with good weight and rounded presence, and a little structural grip. Bright and lively acidity enlivens the mouthfeel, and the palate is thirst-quenching as it follows a fine, textured line. The wine flows easily, with smooth and slippery acidity carrying the flavours to a racy, crisp finish that reveals earth-tinged raspberry elements. This is a fresh, up-front, raspberry-fruited, mouthwatering rosé with the structure to match a variety of foods. Serve with tapas and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. 100% Tempranillo, 150 dozen made. 17.5-/20 Nov 2013 RRP $24.95

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Heart of Gold Gisborne St Laurent 2009

Other Red from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5-/20

100% St Laurent, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 7 months in French oak, 20% new equivalence. Very dark ruby-red with slight purple hues, the bouquet is very aromatic with lifted floral perfumes of violets, dark berry fruits and savoury jam with hints of earth. Medium-bodied, the flavours of wild berry fruits, spice, pepper and savoury earth are restrained, but show with a luscious richness. The tannins extraction is moderate and along with the soft acidity, this is becoming integrated, the textures being smooth and supple. There is depth with some concentration at the core, and this leads to a subtle finish with flavours of spicy, savoury red fruits. This aromatic red wine with savoury red fruits, spice and pepper flavours is becoming well-integrated. Match with Middle Eastern poultry, pork and lamb dishes over the next 3-4 years. 75 cases made. 17.5-/20 Apr 2012 RRP $28.95

This Austrian red variety pairs the Gruner Veltliner in the range. It has appeared in Central Otago already, and its Pinot Noir part parentage is a favourable factor. This was made in Pinot Noir fashion: 100% destemmed, indigenous yeast fermented to 12.5% alc., and aged 7 months in French oak, 20% new equivalent. Medium deep ruby red in colour. This has an intense bouquet of spicy, wild red berry fruits, very aromatic, with a little lift adding to the interest. Medium weighted, the bright and spicy red berry fruits and vibrancy from acidity are the feature. Soft, low-impact tannins support the boldness of the fruit lusciousness. The Pinot Noir heritage is obvious. Drink over the next 3-4 years. 75 cases made. 17.5+/20 Oct 2010 RRP $28.95
 
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Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold' Gisborne St Laurent 2011

Other Red from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5/20

Dark, deep hearted ruby-red colour with black hues, lighter on edge. The nose is elegant and lifted with aromatically bright, primary, dark red berry and black berried fruits. Exotic florals, spices and minerally elements add to the interest. The nose has finesse and fruit focus. Medium-bodied and elegantly presented, succulent black berried fruit flavours fill the front palate. This is very fresh and primary, revealing spicy black fruits along with some minerally reductive elements. The mouthfeel is lively with fresh acidity underling the palate and moderately extracted fine-grained tannins lend a supple structure. The flavours recede to a sweet, peppery finish. Fruit from the ‘Spade Oak' vineyard, low-cropped at 6 t/ha, indigenous yeast fermented to 12.0% alc. and 3.3 g/L rs, 50% of the wine aged in barrel for 6 months. 17.5/20 Mar 2015 RRP $24.95

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Deep, purple-hued, dark ruby-red colour, youthful in expression. The nose is full of soft dark red berry and white pepper aromas laced with spices, lifted with florals and complexed by gamey nuances. Medium-bodied, softly full and up-front red berry and white pepper flavours form a layered amalgam with spice, savoury game and earthy elements. The mouthfeel is soft and even, with fine-grained extraction and elevated acidity providing energy and drive. The flavours lead to a dry, textural and brisk finish showing red fruits and spices. This is a juicy and racy St Laurent with savoury red fruits and Syrah-like white pepper flavours. Match with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern inspired fare over the next 4-5 years. Fruit from the ‘Spade Oak' vineyard, low-cropped at 6 t/ha, indigenous yeast fermented to 12.0% alc. and 3.3 g/L rs, 50% of the wine aged in barrel for 6 months. 17.5-/20 Feb 2013 RRP $24.95
 
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Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne St Laurent 2012

Other Red from New Zealand – Gisborne

16.5+/20
Moderately dark ruby-red colour, lighter on rim. The bouquet is fresh and elegant, quite slender in presentation, with lifted savoury red berry fruits, nuances of dried herbs and spices, and subtle oak detail. Light=medium bodied, the palate is elegant with light, but juicy and lively, savoury red cherry and berry fruit flavours along with dried herb and lifted red floral elements. The wine follows a fine core with brisk acidity and restrained, supple tannins. The extraction is modest and allows accessibility, and the wine leads to a fresh finish carried by the acidity. This is a light-structured, fresh and juicy, St Laurent with lively mouthfeel. Match with Mediterranean fare over the next 3 years. Hand-picked St Laurent fruit with 6% Syrah and 2% Tempranillo from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, destemmed, given a cold soak and wild yeast fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 15 months in barrel with 30% new oak equivalence. 16.5+/20 Mar 2015 RRP $24.95

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Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne St Laurent 2013

Other Red from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5-/20

Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne St Laurent 2013 ««««

Very dark, deep, ruby-red colour with some black-purple hues. The nose is softly full and gently voluminous with aromatically sweet and ripe aromas of dark raspberry and dark-red berry fruits along with red florals, some savoury, spicy game, and lifted volatile elements. Medium-bodied, the palate features bright, juicy , lively and aromatically ripe savoury dark red berry fruit flavours melded with dark herbal and dark red floral notes with lifted esters and some volatility. The mouthfeel is fine-textured and is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity, forming a supple core with good linearity. The flavours carry to a fine-textured, lingering finish. This is a bright, ripe, juicy and luscious St Laurent with savoury dark –red berry flavours with savoury suggestions, a supple and lively mouthfeel, and some lifted notes. Match with Asian fare, and wild duck and pork over the next 4-5 years. 95% St Laurent and 5% Syrah from the ‘Spade Oak’ Vineyard’, destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 12.5% alc. and 3.5 g/L RS, the wine spending 26 days on skins and aged 12 months in French oak barrels, with 25% new oak equivalence. 125 dozen made. 17.5-/20 Jul 2016 RRP $$24.95

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Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne Tempranillo 2012

Tempranillo from New Zealand – Gisborne

17+/20
Dark, deep ruby-red colour, lighter on rim with youthful purple hues. The nose is firm and intense with concentrated savoury black and red berry fruits along with a dusty and earth, resinous note, opening to reveal savoury and sweet vanilla-like nuances. Medium-full bodied, strong and up-front flavours of savoury and sweet black and dark red fruit flavours are encased by grainy tannin textures. An array of flavours show, with savoury vanilla and sweet earthy prominent, and some resinous nuances that diminish in the glass. The mouthfeel is robust with significant extract and grip, and lively, with a good acid line that carries the flavours to a gutsy, textured and dry finish. This is a robust and grainy textured Tempranillo with sweet and savoury dark red fruit flavours and a little resinous detail. Serve with barbecued or slow-cooked red meats over the next 5-6 years. 90% Tempranillo and 10% Syrah from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, destemmed, given a 5 day cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 7 days on skins post ferment and aged 14 months in oak, 30% new equivalence. 375 dozen made. 17.0+/20 Dec 2013 RRP $24.95

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Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne Tempranillo 2014

Tempranillo from New Zealand – Gisborne

17/20
Tempranillo fruit from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in oak with 25% new equivalence. Even ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim with a touch of garnet. This has a very fresh and fragrant, elegantly presented nose of red berry and dark-red cherry fruit intermixed with delicate, piquant herb and spice notes, revealing redcurrant and pomegranate elements. Medium-bodied, the palate is tightly bound with refined and pure, vibrant fruit flavours of dark red cherry fruit entwined with redcurrants and red florals, along with herbs, liquorice and spice nuances. The flavours have good intensity and are supported by fine-grained tannins. Bright acidity enhances the aromatic lift and carries the wine to a long, fragrant finish. This is a bright, aromatic Tempranillo with red cherry and herb flavours, fine tannins and a fresh mouthfeel. Match with poultry and pork over the next 4+ years. 17.0/20 Apr 2016 RRP $24.95

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Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold' Gisborne Syrah/Viognier 2011

Syrah from New Zealand – Gisborne

16.5+/20
Fruit from the ‘Spade Oak vineyard, 95% Syrah with 5% Viognier added, the wine fermented to 12.6% alc., the wine aged 4 months in barrel. Even, purple-hued ruby-red colour with light purple hues on edge. This has an elegantly concentrated and intense nose of black berry fruits with subtle raspberry and black pepper, and earth nuances, unfolding to show herb notes with cool, steely minerals. Medium-bodied, this is a slender wine with good concentration and fine, restrained flavours of dark raspberries, pepper and spicy red florals. Fine-grained and firm tannins form tight, line, and are supported by good acidity, providing tension and freshness. The flavours are carried to a moderately long finish with a crisp, firm texture. This is an elegant Syrah with a fine, concentrated and firm linearity. Serve with Asian duck, pork, lamb and beef dishes over the next 4+ years. 16.5+/20 Feb 2013 RRP $24.95
 
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Spade Oak ‘Voysey' Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5/20
Bright, near colourless, pale straw with slight green hues. The nose is light, with fresh and up-front passionfruit, fresh herb and minerally aromas, the bouquet with some attractive pungency. Dry to taste and light-bodied, juicy and lush passionfruit and tropical fruit flavours are enhanced by bright and zesty acidity and fill the mouth. A textural thread emerges on mid-palate, and carries through to a dry, crisp and slightly grainy finish. This is an immediately recognisable, lush and passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc that has a dry, textured finish. Serve with seafood, poultry, salads and vegetables over the next 18 months to 2 years. A blend of 59% Rapaura, 20% Awatere, 19% Dillons Point and some Omaka fruit fermented to 12.5% alc. and 4 g/L rs. 16.5/20 Feb 2013 RRP $19.95
 
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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

17.5+/20
Marlborough fruit cool-fermented to 13.3% alc. and 4.9 g/L RS, with a very small percentage of the wine seeing oak, undergoing MLF and contact with lees. Bright pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues on edge. The nose is very fresh with tightly packed and elegantly expressed aromas of passionfruit with a steely cut and mouthwatering freshness. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features a concentrated core of passionfruit flavours underlined by very fine, dry textures. The acidity is racy and slippery, balancing the textures, providing a sense of lusciousness. The flavours are tight and stylish, remaining clean, clear and focussed, and possess a positive linear drive carrying the flavours to a very long, soft finish with tropical fruit notes. This is a well-concentrated and focussed, passionfruity, dry Sauvignon Blanc, with a fresh and slippery mouthfeel. Serve with seafood, salads and vegetables, and creamy sauce white meat dishes over the next 2 years. 17.5+/20 Apr 2014 RRP $19.95

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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

17/20
Bright, light, straw-yellow colour, pale on rim. This has a fresh, tightly bound, aromatic nose with white florals, cut grass, nettles and lantana, lifted by exotic florals and tropical fruit elements. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is slender in proportion with aromatic grass, herb and floral fruit flavours. The mouthfeel is smooth with slippery acidity providing drive along a fine-featured, textural line. The acidity is crisp and mouthwatering, and carries the wine to an elegant, slim, dry finish. This is a crisp, thirst-quenching Sauvignon Blanc with cut grass and aromatic, exotic fruit flavours. Match with Asian and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit primarily from the Waihopi and Wairau Valleys, blended with 9% Gisborne Viognier, the wine fermented partially by indigenous yeasts to 13.2% alc and 5.0 g/L RS with TA 7.5 g/L. 17.0/20 Feb 2015 RRP $19.95

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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Pinot Gris 2013

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5-/20
Bright, light golden-yellow with a suggestion of blush, pale on edge. The nose is light and fresh with steely, minerally infused yellow stonefruit aromas, lifted by hints of honeysuckle and esters. Medium-dry to taste, soft and lush, gently sweet flavours of ripe stonefruits, apricots, pears and honeysuckle form a rounded mouthfeel with attractive lusciousness. The acidity is soft and the mouthfeel smooth and mellow. This has a degree of unctuousness with the flavours carried by the sweetness to a gentle, honied finish. Though quite steely on bouquet, this medium Pinot Gris has a smooth and rich mouthfeel. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3+ years. 39% ‘M2’ Grigio clone and 33% 2/15 from Alsace, 21% Barrie, the remainder clone457, from the ‘Leaderbrand’ vineyards, fermented to 13.1% alc. and 18.5 g/L RS, 25% of the wine in large oak cuves, with 4 months on lees and 75% MLF. 17.5-/20 Mar 2014 RRP $19.95

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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Pinot Gris 2014

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5/20
Gisborne fruit, 66% M2 Pinot Grigio and 21% 457 Alsace Pinot Gris clones blended with 8% Marsanne, 3% Viognier and 2% Petit Manseng fermented to 13.8% alc. and 13.3 g/L RS, TA 5.89 g/L and pH 3.38, the wine aged 6 months on lees. Moderately deep straw-yellow colour with some blush, lighter on rim. The nose is soft and gentle with good volume of ripe yellow stonefruits, pears and honey, lifted with spice notes and yellow florals, revealing a steely freshness at the core. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, gently rich and luscious flavours of yellow stonefruits and pears form a good core, the flavours unfolding exotic spices and honey elements. The fruit expression has restraint. but is enlivened by fresh acidity, and the wine flows easily along a delicately textured line. The mouthfeel is balanced and harmonious, and the wine carries to a long and sustained, aromatic finish. This is a fresh, gently rich, aromatic, medium-dry Pinot Gris with balance and linearity. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 2-3+ years. 17.5/20 Feb 2015 RRP $19.95

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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Pinot Gris 2015

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Gisborne

16.5+/20
Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, light on the rim. The nose is full and gently voluminous with moderately deep aromas of white stonefruits, pears and subtle musk, honeysuckle, florals and fermentation esters detail. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, fresh, up-front flavours of pears, stonefruits and honeysuckle show with a gentle richness. The mouthfeel is balanced and refreshing with lacy acidity, and the wine follows a fine-textured line. As the wine flows, the honied sweetness recedes and the palate carries to a light, mouthwatering, lingering finish with floral nuances. This is a fresh, up-front, medium-dry Pinot Gris with soft pear and stonefruit flavours and a crisp, light finish. Serve as an aperitif and with Asian cuisine over the next 2+ years. 60% clone M2 and 40% clone 457, from the ‘Ashwood’ vineyards, fermented in tank to 13.0% alc. and 12.5 g/L RS, the wine aged 3 months on light lees. 16.5+/20 Oct 2015 RRP $19.95

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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Patutahi Gewurztraminer 2012

Gewurztraminer from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5-/20

Brilliant, even golden-yellow colour, lighter on edge. The bouquet is soft, full and broad, with up-front aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits, tropical fruits and musk entwined with Turkish Delight and ginger. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, this has mouthfilling flavours of ripe tropical fruits, ginger, spices and musk. There are rich and luscious savoury honey elements, enlivened by fresh, bright acidity. While open and accessible, there is an underlying solidness that carries the flavours to a long, fruit-driven finish. This is an up-front and flavoursome savoury-spicy medium-dry Gewurztraminer with some richness and good freshness. Serve with Middle Eastern and Asian fare over the next 3 years. Fruit from two sites in the Patutahi district of Gisborne, cool-fermented to 12.8% alc. and 18 g/L rs. 220 dozen made. 17.5-/20 May 2013 RRP $20.00

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Spade Oak ‘Voysey' Gisborne Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Gisborne

16.5-/20
Contract fruit from the Ormond sub-region, fermented to 12.5% alc. the wine aged in seasoned French oak with 8 months on lees and 14% MLF. Brilliant straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues, lighter on rim. This has a softly full and gentle bouquet with subtle, ripe citrus fruits and yellow stonefruit aromas, along with some nutty oak and savoury, spicy interest. Medium-light bodied, light but positive savoury citrus fruit flavours combine with buttery notes and hints of nutty oak on a soft-textured and evenly presented palate. This is up-front and very accessible, and gently presented with easy-flowing flavours. Light, nutty nuances complete the wine. This is a light-weighted Chardonnay with soft and creamy citrus and nutty flavours that can be enjoyed immediately and over the next 2-3 years. Serve with first courses. 16.5-/20 Feb 2013 RRP $19.95
 
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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Gisborne

18/20

Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on rim. The nose is softly full and broad with aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits unfolding subtle layers of nuts, butter and oak toast. Dryish to taste, luscious, up-front and mouthfilling flavours of ripe citrus and stonefruits form a rich and harmonious amalgam with notes of nuts, butter and toast. This has depth and a solid core to the palate, the softness of the acidity adding to the mellowness of the mouthfeel. The flavours flow smoothly on a creamy-textured line, leading to a long, sustained finish with savoury stonefruit and nutty nuances. This is a full, up-front and mouthfilling Chardonnay with fruit richness and smooth textures. Match with creamy and rich white meat dishes over the next 2-3+ years. 78% ‘Spade Oak’ fruit with 10% Viognier, plus 22% ‘Ashwood’ fruit, the ‘Spade Oak’ vines 14 y.o., 25% WBP and fully barrel-fermented, mainly with indigenous yeasts to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 10% new French oak, undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. 800 cases made. 18.0/20 Aug 2013 RRP $19.95

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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Gisborne

17+/20
Bright, even, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour. This has an elegant ant tightly bound nose of fresh and clean citrus fruits along with some butterscotch MLF notes. The oaking is very subtle, providing some nutty detail. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, light and restrained citrus and stonefruit flavours are entwined with some butterscotch MLF, forming a mellow, smooth-flowing mouthfeel. Fresh, lacy acidity provides some cut and linearity, with good drive. Flavours of ripe stonefruits and nuts with some flinty elements emerge and lead to a finish with MLF butterscotch nuances. This is an elegant, tightly bound and smooth Chardonnay with stonefruit and butterscotch flavours. Serve with poultry and pork over the next 3-4 years. 40% Mendoza, 35% clone 15, 10% each Rua 1 and clone 95, with 5% Viognier. Fruit from 85% ‘Leaderbrand’ vineyards and 15% Spade Oak’, 20% barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc. and 4.7 g/L RS, with 20% of the wine aged in oak, the remainder in tank given 20% new wood equivalence. The wine saw 8 months on lees with 80% MLF. 17.0+/20 Mar 2014 RRP $19.95

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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Rosé 2014

Rose from New Zealand – Gisborne

17+/20
Pale ruby rosé colour with some depth and light purple on rim. The nose is fresh with voluminous aromas of dark cherry fruit with nuances of savoury strawberries and cream, along with a little confectionary lift and minerally lees. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features positive raspberry and cream fruit flavours alongside bitter cherry notes, lifted by confectionary elements. The fruit and sweetness fills the palate, enhanced by a slippery, racy acid mouthfeel. The wine follows a fine textural line that carries through to a crisp, lusciously juicy, slippery finish with savoury raspberry notes. This is a crisp, slippery, mouthwatering Tempranillo rosé with savoury raspberries and cream flavours. Serve with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. 100% Tempranillo spending 3 days on skins and fermented to 12.5% alc. and 8.4 g/L RS, the wine spending one month on lees. 17.0+/20 Feb 2015 RRP $19.95

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Spade Oak ‘Voysey' Gisborne Syrah 2012

Syrah from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5/20

A blend 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier from the Patutahi district, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine given limited oak contact. The second bottling with 13.5% alc. whereas the first bottling is 13.0%. Full, dark hearted ruby-red colour. The nose is elegantly presented with intense aromatics of well-concentrated dark red berry fruits infused with white and black pepper, revealing excellent Viognier florality and lifted perfumes. Medium to medium-bodied, this has an up-front, deep and softly rounded core of raspberry and black berry fruits, along with pepper and florals. The fruit is supported by a supple and positively textured structure with a supple mouthfeel, the grip enhanced by fresh acidity that lifts the aromatics. The fine, grainy line carries the flavours to an aromatic, soft finish. This is an up-front, red-fruited Syrah with pepper and Viognier lift, and a positively structured mouthfeel. Match with barbecued meats and casserole dishes over the next 4+ years. 17.5/20 Apr 2014 RRP $20.95

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Dark purple-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues on edge. Full, voluminous and bold aromas of black berry fruits, raspberries, boysenberries and pepper are lifted by violetty florals and exotic perfumes. Some savoury, minerally notes add interest. Light-medium bodied, juicy dark raspberry, black fruits pepper and boysenberry fruit flavours form a soft- textured line, along with light, supple tannins. Fresh acidity adds to the mouthwatering succulence and liveliness of the fruit which leads to a moderately sustained, fruit-forward finish. This is a fresh, easy-drinking, juicy Syrah with perfumes, supple tannins and light body. Match with pizza, pasta, risotto and barbecued food over the next 3+ years. A blend 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier from the Patutahi district, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine given limited oak contact. 17.0-/20 Feb 2013 RRP $20.95
 
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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Syrah 2013

Syrah from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5-/20
Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, very youthful in appearance. This has a full, open and accessible nose of rich, ripe dark raspberry and blackberry fruit flavours along with savoury floral, jam and spice elements, leather and game interest, black pepper and bacon-nuanced oak. Medium-bodied and elegant in proportion, the flavours of black and red berry fruits are tightly concentrated with a core melded with spices, pepper and oak. The mouthfeel is brisk, racy and zesty from prominent acidity. Fine-grained tannins carry the fruit and palate to a long, lingering, spicy, cedary finish. Open and aromatic on nose this is a tightly concentrated and fine-grained Syrah with spicy and cedary flavours and a racy mouthfeel. Match with barbecued and roasted red meat dishes over the next 4-5 years. ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard Syrah co-fermented with 5% Viognier and blended with 8% St Laurent, the wine 12.9% alc. and aged 12 months in 15% new French oak equivalence. 17.5-/20 Feb 2015 RRP $19.95

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Spade Oak Sangria

Other Red from New Zealand – Gisborne

10/20
Being a wine-based beverage rather than wine, I have not rated or scored the Spade Oak Sangria. This is Eileen and Steve Voysey's interpretation of sangria, the wine and fruit-based punch popular in Spain and the Mediterranean.  It is based on Tempranillo from home vineyard with a little Syrah in the blend. The rest is made up of local Gisborne cider, organic orange, lemon and grape juices.
 
This is akin to a spritzig rosé crossed with a deliciously dry fruit cooler. With the appearance of raspberry cordial, it has a vinous aroma of refreshingly cool red fruits. Raspberries and red currants are apparent. Surprisingly dry, subtle red fruit flavours seamlessly flow, mixed with a hint of citrus and apple. There are no confectionary flavours at all. The acidity is the feature, and the palate is juicy and mouthwatering with a hint of sourness to provide quenchability. Some spritz tingle on the tongue shows, and the alcohol is hardly detectable. This is very easy to enjoy. Click here to see my 'Blog' article for more information.  Not Scored or Rated  Feb 2013  RRP $16.95
 
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The Prospect Ormond/Patutahi Gisborne Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5/20
Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, paler on the rim. This has a fine and tightly bound nose of yellow stonefruits harmoniously melded with citrus fruits, soft nutty elements and suggestions of minerals. The fruit expression is initially reserved but grows in depth, revealing toasty oak interest. Medium-full bodied, the palate is restrained and elegant in proportion with flavours of yellow stonefruits and nutty oak, entwined with creamy barrel-ferment and mealy layers. The palate is guided by a fine phenolic line and enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity, and carry to a slender, but lingering, dry finish of citrus fruit and nuts. This is an elegant and softly concentrated Chardonnay with stonefruit and nutty flavours with some mealy interest and a fine, dry finish. Match with grilled and roasted poultry and pork dishes over the next 4 years. Clones Mendoza, 15 and 95 from two sites, one in Ormond, the other in Patutahi, fermented in barrel and cuve with high solids, partially by indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in French oak with 40% new equivalence. 17.5/20 Apr 2016 RRP $27.00

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