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Spade Oak and Heart of Gold - Wine2Trade Portfolio

01 October,2010

 
Spade Oak is one of the most innovative and exciting wine labels emerging from Gisborne. The Spade Oak wines come from the 16 hectare vineyard of Steve and Eileen Voysey, who are key New Zealand wine industry people, Eileen as a grape grower for over 15 years, and Steve as a winemaker for over 20 years with Montana, Allied-Domecq, Pernod-Ricard and Indevin.
 
The Spade Oak vineyard is situated in the Central Valley region, the heart of Gisborne, and is named after an oak tree in the family property in England in the shape of the Ace of Spades. Oak trees line the entrance to the Voysey's vineyard in Gisborne. The vineyard is planted to an eclectic mix of varieties, is dry-farmed and certified sustainable. Experimental close-planting has resulted in twice the normal density of most New Zealand vineyards.
 
The Voyseys employ a combination of traditional and modern techniques to maximise the expression of the vines and the terroir of the site, such as low fruit zoning, wild yeasts, minimal fining and filtration and reductive handling.
Wines made from Gruner Veltliner, Albarino, Petit Manseng, Viognier, Chardonnay, St Laurent, Tempranillo and Syrah have been made or released to date, along with serious metode traditionnelle wines, with fruit from Marsanne and Tannat to come on stream, as well as wines from new Chardonnay clones.
 
Three tiers are made, the 'Reserve' wines are the epitome of classical styles, made from the home 'Spade Oak' vineyard. The production of these wines can be as low as 50 dozen of each and are truly limited release and exclusive. The 'Heart of Gold' range consists of wines  that are innovative blends or from innovative and emerging varieties, also sourced from the home vineyard. The 'Voysey' range is the most affordable from Spade Oak, and are selections and blends made by Steve, and the fruit may be sourced from regions other than Gisborne.  The 'Reserve' nomenclature is being phased out and will be replaced by 'Vigneron', which better represents the Voysey's role in making these wines.

'The Prospect' brand belongs to the Indevin group where Steve Voysey consults.  'The Prospect' Chardonnay is made by Steve, and the Voysey's company Spade Oak has the distribution rights for the wine.
 
Not being bound by tradition, the Voyseys are open to new varieties, styles and technology.  Spade Oak was the first New Zealand label to trial the German-designed ‘Vino-Lok' glass closure. www.spadeoak.co.nz
 
Archived tasting notes on wines no longer commercially available can be seen by clicking here

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Viognier 2014

Viognier from New Zealand – Gisborne

19-/20
Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The bouquet is full and firmly packed with a core of ripe apricots, exotic tropical fruits and savoury yellow stonefruit kernels, along with complex notes of creamy and nutty oak and subtle oxidative detail. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate features rich and mouthfilling flavours of ripe apricots and tropical fruit, entwined with savoury stonefruit kernels and oxidative elements. The palate has a solid core with layers of creamy barrel-ferment textures melded with nutty oak and MLF lemon notes in a harmonious amalgam. The wine flows seamlessly, with good underlying drive, and the soft, integrated acidity enhances the roundness and richness. The wine carries to a fulsome, lingering finish. This is a rich, fulsome, complex flavoured Viognier with exotic fruit, creamy oak and a seamless mouthfeel. Serve with rich Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3-4 years. From 2.2 ha in the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 14.5% alc. and <2.0 g/L RS, the wine aged 9 months in seasoned French oak undergoing a little batonnage and 100% MLF. 19.0-/20 Dec 2016 RRP $34.95

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Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Viognier 2016

Viognier from New Zealand – Gisborne

17/20
Bright straw-yellow colour with pale golden hues and some depth, lighter on the rim. This has a softly full nose of ripe apricots and musk, along with citrus fruits and savoury honey notes. With aeration, nutty oak elements show and layers of butterscotch MLF unfold to show with strong presence. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is softly packed and mouthfilling with flavours of apricots, musk and honey, nutty oak nuances and buttery MLF flavours that grow in breadth. The mouthfeel is fulsome and rounded, with weight and some alcoholic power and drive. The wine flows smoothly on a soft-textured, near unctuous line, leading to a full finish of stonefruits, nuts and butterscotch. This is a soft and fulsome Viognier with power and presence, showing apricot, honey and buttery MLF flavours. Match with Middle Eastern and Asian fare over the next 3+ years. Fruit from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, vines 17 y.o., indigenous yeast barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc. and 0.96 g/L RS, the wine aged 5 months on lees in 95.5% seasoned French oak with 100% MLF. (375 ml) 1,000 bottles made. 17.0/20 Feb 2017 RRP $21.00

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Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Gisborne

18/20

Even, light golden colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. This has a full,soft and gently harmonious nose with aromas of fresh white and yellow stonefruits along with nutty oak and integrated barrel-ferment creamy elements. This builds in intensity with aeration, but retains elegance. Medium-bodied, the flavours of white and yellow stonefruits show with restraint, unfolding subtle layers of nutty oak and creamy MLF detail. The mouthfeel is very fine in texture with balanced acidity lending poise. This has a smooth, driven core and line, and the wine carries to a sustained, elegant finish with subtle complexing detail. This is an elegant and restrained Chardonnay with subtle complexing detail on a fine-featured, refreshing palate. This will develop more richness and deeper flavour over the next 4+ years. Mendoza clone fruit from the ‘Ashwood’ estate, fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with high solids to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 25% new oak, undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. 18.0/20 Apr 2017 RRP $34.95

Bright, light golden colour, paler edged. This has a fresh nose with moderately full, voluminous, vibrantly ripe fruit aromas of white stonefruits and citrus fruits entwined with creamy and nutty barrel-ferment and oak notes, mealy complexities, and subtle, fragrant nuances of lemon-curd and buttery MLF detail. Medium-bodied, the palate features gently rich and succulent flavours of white stonefruits and citrus fruits melded with nutty and creamy oak along with toasty nuances and lemon-curd and buttery MLF elements. The mouthfeel is soft and exudes richness, and flows with good underlying acidity, unfolding layers of creamy, mealy and nutty detail, carrying to a long, lingering stonefruited and nutty finish. This is an elegantly rich and succulent, detailed Chardonnay with subtle layers of mealy, nutty and creamy complexities. Match with poultry, pork and veal over the next 5 years. Mendoza clone fruit from the ‘Ashwood’ estate, fully indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with high solids to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 25% new oak, undergoing batonnage and 100% MLF. 18.5-/20 Apr 2016 RRP $34.95

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Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Petit Manseng 2013

Other White from New Zealand – Gisborne

18+/20
Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, showing some depth, paler on edge. The nose is softly deep and showing real presence, though the aromas of white stonefruits and white florals are restrained. With aeration, nuances of apples, herbs and nuts emerge, and the aromatics are presented with pristine clarity and steeliness. Medium-sweet to taste and medium-bodied, the flavours of white fruits and florals are tightly bound and detailed by nutty reductive elements with fresh herb and honeysuckle facets. The sweetness adds to the fruit weight and fulsome mouthfeel, and is balanced by crisp, racy and steely acidity that carries the palate to a long lusciously slippery finish. This medium-sweet Petit Manseng has fruit clarity and weight, and is beautifully poised between raciness and lusciousness. Serve as an aperitif, with Asian cuisine and white meat dishes over the next 5-6 years. Made from 390 kg of fruit. Hand-picked and fermented in stainless-steel barrel to 12.8% alc. and 52 g/L RS, TA 9.17 g/L and pH 2.99. 235 L, 50 dozen made. (375 ml) 18.0+/20 Jun 2014 RRP $34.95

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Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Skin Ferment Petit Manseng 2015

Other White from New Zealand – Gisborne

17+/20
Light orange colour with a tawny suggestion, showing some depth, and a lighter rim. The nose is firm and concentrated with densely packed aromas of oranges and mandarins melded with herbal, stalk and tea notes, along with earth, nutty and caramel oak elements. Dry to taste and full-bodied, the palate possesses flavours of oranges and mandarins entwined with herbs, tea, and complexing nutty and caramel oak elements. The flavours are underlined by firm, grainy extraction and phenolicsthat build to provide a drying mouthfeel. The acidity is fresh and lacy, providing energy and tension, and the structure, along with some alcoholic drive carries the wine to a dry, concentrated finish of ripe citrus fruits, tea, bitter herbs and caramel. This is a firm and grainy-textured skin contact Petit Manseng orange wine with complex citrus, herb, tea and caramel flavours. Match with roasted pork over the next 3-4+ years. Fruit from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, vines 5 y.o., destemmed, the uncrushed berries fermented in two sealed barriques with indigenous yeasts, on skins for 288 days, to 15.5% alc. and 1.9 g/L RS, TA 8.3 g/L and pH 3.36, the wine given a further 9 months barrel aging on full lees, with no MLF. (375 ml) 500 bottles made. 17.0+/20 Feb 2017 RRP $21.00

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Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Petit Manseng 2016

Other White from New Zealand – Gisborne

18/20
Brilliant straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues and some depth, lighter edged. The nose is elegantly concentrated with deep aromas of tangerines and mandarins, along with yellow stonefruits, exotic florals, nuances of herbs and some lifted confectionary notes. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate features fresh and vibrant flavours of exotic citrus fruits and florals, entwined with stonefruit and confectionary detail. The mouthfeel is crisp and enlivened by brisk acidity, and the wine carries along a fine phenolic threaded line with good energy and tension, leading to a long lingering finish of citrus fruits, esters and confectionary. This is a fresh, brisk, intensely fruited Petit Manseng with exotic citrus fruit and floral flavours and confectionary elements. Match with seafood and creamy-sauced white meat dishes over the next 4 years. Fruit from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, vines 6 y.o., indigenous yeast fermented in tank and finished in barrel to 14.5% alc. and 3.0 g/L RS, TA 8.0 g/L and pH 3.25, the wine aged 5 months on lees in seasoned oak, with no MLF. (375 ml) 500 bottles made. 18.0/20 Feb 2017 RRP $21.00

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Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Syrah 2012

Syrah from New Zealand – Gisborne

18.5/20
96.3% Syrah from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, destemmed and given a 5 day cold soak and co-fermented with 3.7% Viognier by indigenous yeasts to 13.7% alc., the wine spending 7 days on skins post ferment and aged 14 months in 30% new oak equivalence. Very dark, deep, black-hued red with lighter purple hues on rim. This has a very full and voluminous nose with intense and focussed aromas of savoury black berry fruits and black pepper, harmoniously infused with spices, game and earthy notes, lifted by violetty florals. Medium-full bodied, rich and luscious, sweet and spicy, savoury black berry fruit flavours fill the mouth, unfolding layers of pepper and florals. Oaking adds nutty and spice detail. The acidity is discreet and the palate is rounded, with fine-grained tannin extraction in support. The structure builds in prominence to balance the richness and carries the spicy fruit to a dry, densely packed, long finish. This is a softly rich and well-structured Syrah with savoury and sweet fruit and harmonious complexity. Match with slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 5-6+ years. 250 dozen made. 18.5/20 Nov 2013 RRP $34.95

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Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Syrah 2014

Syrah from New Zealand – Gisborne

18/20
A barrel selection wine. 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, co-fermented with 10% whole bunches to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 14 months in barrel with 30% new equivalence. Dark ruby-red colour with some depth and slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and densely packed with reserved, but richly layered aromas of savoury dark-red berry fruits melded with funky earth and game notes, soft spices, dark herbs, liquorice and black pepper. Some dark-red floral notes emerge with aeration. Medium-bodied, rich and full flavours of dark-red berry fruits intermingle with savoury blackberries, black pepper, spices, earth and game, and are complexed by liquorice and dark herb notes. The fruit richness is balanced by supple, rounded tannin extraction and integrated acidity. The richness and spiciness blossoms as the wine carries to a sustained finish. This Syrah is somewhat reserved, but shows rich layers of savoury flavours and a supple, but dense and weighty palate. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat over the next 6-7 years. 18.0/20 Apr 2016 RRP $34.95

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Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Late Harvest Viognier 2013

Sweet Wine from New Zealand – Gisborne

18/20
Full, deep, orange-hued golden colour, lighter on rim. This has a full and broad and opulent nose of well-ripened apricots entwined with savoury tropical fruits, the aromatics complexed by wild honey, crystallised fruits, nuts and caramel. Very sweet, luscious and decadent on palate, the mouthfeel is soft, filling and unctuous, with waves of flavour unfolding, to show ripe apricots, honey, savoury raisined fruit, nuts, toffee and caramel. The palate is broad, open and rounded, the low acidity adding to the density and viscous textures. The wine carries through to a weighty, long and unctuous finish. This is a full, lush and unctuous Late Harvest Viognier packed with burnished apricot and caramel flavours. Serve with crème brulee, steamed puddings and blue cheeses over the next 4-5 years. 1.14 tonnes of fruit picked, crushed and given 4 hours skin contact, fully barrel-fermented to 13.3% alc. and 172 g/L RS, TA 8.19 and pH 3.86, the wine aged 7 months in seasoned oak. 660 L, 146 dozen made. (375 ml) 18.0/20 Jun 2014 RRP $34.95

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Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne Albarino 2014

Other White from New Zealand – Gisborne

16.5+/20
Brilliant straw-yellow with lemon-gold hues. The nose is softly fresh and well-packed with a complex amalgam of white stonefruits, white florals, fresh and pungent herbs, and nutty, mineral elements that build in depth. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features a complex core of white stonefruits, florals and pungent herbs, infused with flint and mineral interest. The mouthfeel is fresh and crisp with fine and soft phenolic textures underlining the fruit. This has a fine, concentrated, rounded heart balanced by mouthwatering, lacy acidity to leads to a herb-nuanced, minerally finish. This s a complex Albarino with stonefruit and pungent herb flavours and a fresh, fine-textured mouthfeel. Serve with herb-marinated seafood over the next 3+ years. 100% Albarino from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, hand-picked and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 6.7 g/L RS, TA 7.6 g/L and pH 3.35. 125 dozen made. 16.5+/20 Jul 2016 RRP $24.95

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Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne Albarino 2015

Other White from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5-/20
Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues. The nose is soft and light with elegant proportions, showing fresh, delicate aromas of white floral, herbs, stonefruits and minerals, all entwined harmoniously. The nose has a subtle savoury underlay with a fine cut. Dryish to taste and light-medium bodied, the flavours of exotic white florals, stonefruits and herbs show with clarity and purity, and are gently enriched with nuances of honeysuckle. The mouthfeel is rounded and soft-textured with soft acidity, and the wine flows easily to a moderately sustained, floral nuanced finish. This is a soft and elegant, dryish Albarino with pure and gentle white floral and stonefruit flavours. Serve as an aperitif and with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2-3+ years. Fifth crop fruit from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, hand-picked and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.2% alc. and 5 g/L RS, TA 7.4 g/L and pH 3.42. 145 dozen made. 17.5-/20 Feb 2016 RRP $24.95

Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne Albarino 2016

Other White from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5/20
Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, a little lighter on the edge. This has an initially elegant and restrained nose with finely concentrated aroma of white florals and subtle white stonefruit notes, citrus fruit elements and saline minerals at the core. The aromatics build in depth and volume with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is lively and vibrant with a well-packed core of white florals, citrus and stonefruits, underlined by saline and mineral elements. This has a positive and near-unctuous mouthfeel, balanced by light phenolic textures and background racy acidity. The wine has good fruit depth and presence, and carries to a long, lingering aromatic finish with floral and mouthwatering mineral notes. This is a softly refreshing, dry Albarino with floral and mineral flavours and plenty of presence, light textures and mouthwatering linearity. 100% Albarino (and some Alvarinho) from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 4.3 g/L RS, TA 7.56 g/L and pH 3.14, the wine aged 2 months on gross lees and 4 months on light lees. 17.5/20 Dec 2016 RRP $24.95

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Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne Rosé 2016

Rose from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5-/20
Cherry-peach pink colour with some depth and lighter purple hues on the edge. The nose is softly full with packed aromas of savoury raspberry fruit intermingling with cherries, cranberries, red florals and nuances of confectionary at the core. Dryish to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate is rounded with concentrated flavours of savoury raspberries, cherries, cranberries and pomegranate harmoniously integrated with lifted confectionary elements. The fruit is rich, and balanced by soft, smooth textures and gentle, mouthwatering acidity that allows the fruitiness to prevail. The fruit sweetness carries to a gently full, aromatic finish of raspberries and confectionary. This is a gently rich and concentrated dryish rosé with savoury raspberry and cranberry flavours and a soft, mouthwatering palate. Match with antipasto and tapas over the next 2 years. 100% Tempranillo from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard fermented in tank with 5% seasoned oak Tempranillo blended to 12.5% alc. and 7 g/L RS. 17.5-/20 Dec 2016 RRP $24.95

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Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne St Laurent 2014

Other Red from New Zealand – Gisborne

18-/20
Very dark, deep ruby-red colour with good heart, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is elegantly concentrated with deep and well-packed aromas of ripe blackberry and dark-red cherry fruit melded with a complex layering of earth, savoury dark herbs, spices and game. Medium-bodied, the palate has a firm core with flavours of savoury dark-red berryfruit entwined with herbs, spices, earth and funky game notes. The mouthfeel is bright and lively with plenty of acid energy and tension, and the fruit is supported by fine-grained, firm tannin extraction providing excellent linearity and drive. The wine carries to an elegant, finely concentrated, lingering finish. This is a firmly concentrated, lively St Laurent with complex flavours of savoury dark-red berry fruit with herb, earth and funky game-like notes on a linear palate. It will develop over the next 5 years. Match with roasted and slow-cooked game meat dishes. Fruit from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, vines planted 2008, fully destemmed and indigenous yeast fermented to 12.8% alc., the wine spending 20 days on skins and aged 7 months in oak with 30% new equivalence. 100 dozen made. 18.0-/20 Jun 2017 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/Tempranillo 2013

Blended Red from New Zealand – Gisborne

18/20
Full, dark, deep, ruby-red colour with black-purple hues. The nose is firmly concentrated with dense aromas of blackberry fruit intermixed with mineral and earth, smoke and leather, and savoury black pepper detail, along with violet florals. Medium-full bodied, full, soft and mellow layers of blackberry, violet floral, black pepper and Middle Eastern spice flavours form a richly packed palate. The mouthfeel is balanced by fine-grained, supple tannins and positive structure, and the acidity is integrated, lending good freshness and liveliness. The wine is bright and vibrant, leading to a long, lingering dry finish with spice and oak nuances. This is a soft and well-integrated and balanced Syrah blend with Tempranillo with spicy black fruits and supple tannins. Match with slow-cooked red meat dishes over the next 5-6 years. A blend of 50% Syrah and 5% Viognier with 45% Tempranillo from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, fermented to 12.8% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 25% new French oak equivalence. 18.0/20 Feb 2015 RRP $24.95

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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ ‘Le Champ NV

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand - North Island

17.5+/20
Golden yellow colour with some depth and slight orange hues, lighter on the rim. The bubbles are very fine and moderately persistent. The bouquet is softly full with good depth and concentration of citrus and yellow stonefruit aromas complexed by a layering of nutty, aldehyde and oxidative elements in an amalgam of yeasty lees. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is soft-textured with a light creaminess from the effervescence which carries a soft core of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits, entwined with nutty and yeasty notes, and subtle aldehyde elements. The palate flows along a soft and fine-textured line with gentle acidity providing a fresh mouthfeel. The wine carries to a gentle finish of citrus fruits and nuts. This is a complex sparkling wine with flavours of yellow stonefruits, nuts and yeast, and nuances of aldehyde on a creamy, soft-textured palate. Serve with canapes, tapas and antipasto over the next 2-3 years. A blend of 46% Chardonnay, 39% Pinot Noir, 12% Muscat and 3% Pinot Meunier, the fruit 85% from Gisborne and the remainder from Hawke’s Bay, all of the fruit from 2014. Undergoing the Charmat method, to 12.0% alc. and 10 g/L RS, 88% undergoing MLF (not the Muscat), the wine spending 6 months on lees with a tirage of 30 days. 17.5+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $19.95

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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

17.5-/20
Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very fresh with tightly bound and concentrated, intensely penetrating aromas of pungent passionfruit with piquant fresh herbs and white florals, all integrated, unfolding nuances of chalky minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is crisp and racy with a tight core of passionfruit flavours entwined with white florals and chalky minerals. The mouthfeel is brisk and thirst-quenching from the zesty acidity and the wine flows along a light-textured phenolic line that carries to a dry finish of passionfruit, fresh herbs and cut grass. This is a crisp, racy, mouthwatering Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, white floral and mineral flavours on a light-textured, dry palate. A blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc from the ‘Bank House’ (ex Ara) vineyard and 10% Albarino, fermented in stainless-steel to 12.6% alc. and 3 g/L RS, the wine aged 5 months on light lees. 17.5-/20 Dec 2016 RRP $19.95

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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

17.5-/20
Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues. The nose is very fresh and tightly bound with aromas of passionfruit entwined with white fkorals and fresh herbs, with nettle elements. The aromatics unveil mouthwatering mineral elements, and the nose grows in intensity with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has is thirst-quenching with flavours of passionfruit, fresh herbs, hints of tropical fruits along with nettle notes. The palate possesses fine phenolic textures and crisp acidity enhancing the mouthwatering mouthfeel. The wine has an elegantly concentrated core and line carrying to a lingering, zesty passionfruity and herb-nuanced finish. This is a crisp, thirst-quenching Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, herb and nettle flavours on a fine-textured palate. Match with seafood, salads and vegetables, and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit, 60% Awatere and 40% Wairau, tank-fermented and blended with 7.5% Albarino from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, to 12.5% alc. and 3.1 g/L RS. 17.5-/20 Oct 2017 RRP $19.95

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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Pinot Gris 2016

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5-/20
Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. This is very elegant andfine in presentation with fragrant aromas of white stonefruits and pears, along with exotic rose-petal florals and honeysuckle notes, unfolding fresh, lifted fermentation esters. Medium-dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has an elegant, tightly bound core with aromatic white stonefruit and pear flavours entwined with pears, honeysuckle, exotic florals and lifted esters. The palate builds in richness as it flows along a smooth line, with soft acidity enhancing the roundness, but providing underlying tension. The wine leads to a light aromatic finish. This is a gently rich, medium-dry Pinot Gris with aromatic fruit lift and a soft, accessible palate. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 2-3 years. Clones 457 and M2 fruit from Gisborne, tank-fermented to 13.0% alc. and 10 g/L RS, the wine aged 6 months on lees. 415 dozen made. 17.5-/20 Apr 2017 RRP $19.95

Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5+/20
Bright, very pale straw yellow colour, lighter on the rim. This has a very fresh and elegant nose of soft and delicate, but positive aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, showing a fine and concentrated core of honeysuckle and nuances of exotic florals. This has clarity and purity. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has restrained flavours of white and yellow stonefruits lifted by exotic floral notes and enriched by oft honeysuckle notes. The flavours grow in volume to gently fill the palate lending a suggestion of unctuousness. The wine flows smoothly along a very fine line, leading to a subtly nuanced, lingering finish. This is a stylishly restrained off-dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit. Floral and honeysuckle flavours on a smooth-flowing palate. Serve wine Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine over the next 3 years. Fruit from the ‘Ashwood’ vineyard, 65% M2, 21% 2/15 and 14% 457 clone fruit, tank-fermented to 13.5% alc. and 10.0 g/L RS, the wine aged 5 months on lees. 17.5+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $19.95

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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Gisborne

17/20
Brilliant straw-yellow colour with light golden hues and some depth. The nose is elegantly concentrated with aromas of melons and citrus fruits, along with aromatic yellow stonefruits entwined with spicy oak and layers of lemon-curd MLF. Some underlying nutty and creamy elements unfold as the MLF notes blossom. Medium-bodied, this has an elegant core of melons, peaches and citrus fruits, the wine showing good richness and succulence. The fruit sweetness is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity and the mouthfeel is bright and energetic. Layers of spicy, nutty oak unfold, with plenty of lemon-curd and buttery MLF flavour. The palate core flows along a subtly-textured line leading to long, dry finish with oak and MLF notes. This is an elegant Chardonnay with lively, aromatic, citrus and melon fruit, along with nutty and lemon-curd MLF flavours. Match with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 3+ years. A blend of 88% Chardonnay and 12% Viognier, fruit 70% from the ‘Ashwood’ vineyard and 30% ‘Spade Oak’, 30% of the fruit indigenous yeast barrel-fermented with high solids to 13.2% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 15% new oak equivalence, undergoing batonnage and full MLF. 17.0/20 Oct 2015 RRP $19.95

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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Rosé 2015

Rose from New Zealand – Gisborne

17+/20

The second bottling of this wine, distinguished by a white label rather than black. Ablend of 86% Tempranillo and 14% St Laurent from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, given 12 hours skin contact and cool-fermented in tank to 12.2% alc. and 8.5 g/L RS. The wine was given further tank maturation before bottling. Peach pink colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is attractively fresh and aromatic with aromas of strawberries, cranberries and watermelon, unfolding soft red floral and gentle confectionary elements. Off-dry to taste and light-medium bodied, this has soft, but up-front flavours of strawberries entwined with cranberry and watermelon notes. Subtle floral and confectionary elements emerge in the glass. The mouthfeel is soft with a fine, drying phenolic line and mild acidity lending a gently refreshing palate that carries to a light, lingering finish of strawberries and cranberries. This is a soft, up-front, refreshing off-dry rosé with strawberry and cranberry flavours. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes, tapas and dim sum over the next 2 years. 17.0+/20 Apr 2016 RRP $19.95

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Bright, pale peach-pink colour, lighter on edge. This has a very delicate nose with clean and fresh aromas of strawberries, savoury quince and cranberries, lifted by red floral notes and subtle herb elements. Off-dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate shows light, gently rich fruit flavours of strawberries and quince, along with lifted red floral elements. The wine follows a smooth flowing line, and the mouthfeel is enlivened by bright, racy and slippery acidity. A fine textural thread leads the palate to a light, mouthwatering, dry finish with delicate strawberry nuances. This is a refreshing, clean, delicately fruited off-dry rosé with strawberry and quince flavours and a slippery mouthfeel. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes and with charcuterie over the next 18 months to 2 years. A blend of 86% Tempranillo and 14% St Laurent from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, given 12 hours skin contact and cool-fermented in tank to 12.2% alc. and 8.5 g/L RS. 16.5/20 Oct 2015 RRP $19.95

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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Syrah 2015

Syrah from New Zealand – Gisborne

17.5-/20
Moderately deep, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the edge with slight garnet tints. The nose is elegantly presented with gently voluminous aromas of raspberry fruit along with fragrant yellow florals and apricot elements, lifted by red florals, unfolding a little liquorice and spice from the core. Medium-full bodied, the palate soft, juicy and lush with aromatic flavours of red florals and dark raspberry fruit along with lifted yellow floral and stonefruit notes. The flavours form a rounded, but concentrated core, and the fruit is supported by supple tannin extraction and integrated acidity. The wine flows smoothly along a light, textured line to a fragrant, lingering finish. This is a supple, juicy Syrah with raspberry fruit intermixed with Viognier florals, on a supple palate with light textures and good linearity. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4 years. A blend of 88% Syrah and 10% Viognier co-fermented with 2% St Laurent and Tempranillo, 10% of the Viognier and 35% of the Syrah fermented as whole bunches, with 55% of the Syrah as uncrushed berries to 13.5% alc., all the wine aged 18 months in French oak with 40% new equivalence. 17.5-/20 Aug 2017 RRP $19.95

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The Prospect Ormond/Patutahi Gisborne Chardonnay 2015

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Gisborne

18.5+/20
Bright, even yellow colour with light golden hues, a little lighter on the edge. This has a fresh, bright and aromatic nose of white and yellow stonefruits along with subtle creamy barrel-ferment and nutty oak notes along with hints of MLF. The aromatics are sweetly ripe and also complex with savoury notes. Medium-full bodied, the palate features vibrant and lively white and yellow stonefruit flavours that form a firm and taut core. The palate has layers of subtle nutty oak and creamy barrel-ferment detail with hints of flinty lees and subtle lemon-curd MLF elements. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively and fine in concentration, and the wine carries to a long and sustained, firmly bound finish with refined textures. This is a fragrant, finely concentrated Chardonnay with yellow stonefruits and complexing detail on a refined, fresh palate. This will develop greater richness over the next 4+ years. An Indevin wine made by Steve Voysey. Clone 95 and 15 fruit from vines, 11 y.o., from Waihirere heavy silt loam, Kaiti loam clay and Makaraka silt loam soils, pressed with high solids directly to barrel and fermented 13.5% alc., a portion by indigenous yeasts, the wine aged 11 months in 21% new French oak. 18.5+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $27.00

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