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Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris

09 October,2017
Steve and Eileen Voysey of Spade Oak in Gisborne are making a strong portfolio of adventurous and innovative wine. Steve is a very experienced winemaker with over 25 vintages under his belt, working with New Zealand’s largest wine companies, as well as making limited edition boutique wines. His art and craft can be seen in knowledgeable fruit election, the sensitive use of blending and measured vinification techniques in making the Spade Oak wines. This can be seen especially in their ‘Heart of Gold’ tier where emerging varieties, complex blends and sophisticated styles are bottled. The techniques in this ‘mid’ tier are used in the top ‘Vigneron’ range where quality is of the utmost importance, but also in the accessible ‘Voysey’ range, to make these wines more detailed and interesting from the norm. Here, I review the new release 2017 ‘Voysey’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Gisborne Pinot Gris.


Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

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

Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Gisborne

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

Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates

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