Spade Oak

03-Sep-2020

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 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.

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. Currently, most wines are under screwcap closure. www.spadeoak.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Spade Oak The Prospect Ormond Pinot Gris 2019, Gisborne
  • Spade Oak The Prospect Ormond Chardonnay 2019, Gisborne
  • Spade Oak The Prospect Ormond Chardonnay 2018, Gisborne
  • Spade Oak Voysey Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Gisborne
  • Spade Oak Voysey Pinot Gris 2019, Gisborne
  • Spade Oak Voysey Syrah 2019, Gisborne
  • Spade Oak Vigneron Chardonnay 2018, Gisborne
  • Spade Oak Vigneron Syrah 2013, Gisborne
  • Spade Oak Heart of Gold St Laurent 2017, Gisborne
  • Spade Oak Heart of Gold Tempranillo 2017, Gisborne

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