Gisborne Wine

Gisborne Wine Region Wine lovers revere Gisborne as the “Chardonnay Capital” of New Zealand due to the predominance of this variety. Indeed, Montana Reserve Gisborne Chardonnay 1998 won the White Wine of the Year Award at the London International Wine Challenge in 1999. Gisborne does however have a board varietal mix and diversity of wine styles reflecting the different soil types and mesoclimates of the region. Gisborne has a celebrated reputation for Gewürztraminer stemming from the country's first benchmark wines being produced by Matawhero in the 1970's. More recently some fine Semillon and Chenin Blanc wines have been produced and the latest development is the emergence of Pinot Gris and Viognier as varieties with a promising future. Red varieties include vibrant fruity Merlots, Malbec and the re-emergence of Pinotage as a preferred variety. New Zealand lies between 35th and 45th parallels - between Morocco and Bordeaux in European terms. Gisborne is Read more »

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  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • The Millton Vineyard Ltd

    The Milton Vineyard - A Brief History In 1984 James and Annie Millton...

  • Brunton Road Wines Ltd

    BRUNTON ROAD WINES was etablished when Richard and Kirsten Searle returned from overseas to live ...

  • Vinoptima Estate

    At least one aspect of creating a world class estate was going to be easy - deciding on the vines...

  • Kirkpatrick Estate Winery - KEW

    Kirkpatrick Estate Winery is nestled close to where Kirkpatrick families have farmed for 150 year...

  • Amor-Bendall Wines

    We established Amor-Bendall Wines in 1998, and produced our first vintage in 1999. The winery is ...

  • Waimata Wines

    The Waimata Wine label and the Waimata vineyard are central to Tairawhiti Polytechnic’s Winemakin...

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  • PS: Apologies to Wine NZ for leaving Gisborne out and not mentioning the Northland wineries.PPS: If you are doing the two islands in a motor home (RV for our North American friends) like we did:Rule 1: check the gas hot water system and heating is working, even if it is alleged "spring time" in the South Island as night time temperatures are sti... Read More

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  • Ormond Rich Ruby Port


    Beautiful taste, easy on the palette. My favourite. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Vinoptima Gewurztramier 2004


    Stunning white,now shows buttery, orange zest, honey suckle and marmalade notes. Full and rich mouth feeling but cutter freshly with vibrant acidity and a zesty peel bitterness. Round and powerful. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Millton Chenin Blanc Gisborne Crazy By Nature Dry Flint 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by Erica Landin

  • Vinoptima Gewürztraminer Ormond Noble 2003


    On a sweet side. Quality is good, would by more for around $30-35 Read More

    Wine review by strokine

  • Millton Clos St. Anne Pinot Noir Gisborne 2009


    Here there is a touch of oak said soil tones, gentle autumnal spices, and floral aromas, touch rubbery, finer tannins, nice burnt cherry fruit, round, very nice fruit intensity on the mp, lovely elegant finish, orchard skins. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Milton la Cote Pinot Noir Gisborne 2009


    Sweet briar, touch of cola, spice, feral,, a bit of iron, sweet fruit bit of herb, fennel flower, rich, ripe and bright with slightly austere, slightly woodsy tannins, ripe berry fruit, touch currants with a bit of lingonberry, root beer, rather medicinal. Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Matawhero Chardonnay Gisborne 2011


    Fruit-driven on the nose with notes of tropical fruits and lemon custard, with just a touch of mineral, dusty soil tones. On entry, this seems a little sweet with an early touch of old wood and a weird mid-palate that loses focus. This does turn fairly viscous on the slightly candied mid-palate, which is not very fruity but quite ripe. The finis... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Millton Chardonnay Gisborne Clos de Ste. Anne Naboth's Vineyard 2009


    Softly aromatic with earthy notes of dried oats, dried herb, hay and some stone. This is very subtle in the mouth. It is elegant with good richness and ripeness, but is not showing much as far as intensity goes The back end shows some growing brightness and leads to a very fine finish with real finesse and emerging notes of earth and spicy miner... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Millton Chardonnay Gisborne Opou 2010


    Sweet and honied on the nose and dripping with pear fruit framed by light butterscotch and toasted almond notes, with hints of pollen and dried pressed flowers. Rather light-bodied at first with a touch of tannin adding texture to the mid-palate. showing fine apple fruit with a hint of honey. There is lovely clarity and brightness to the fruit, ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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