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Discovering Gisborne

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Gisborne

Gisborne is where Captain James Cook first stepped ashore in New Zealand in 1769, but it was the 1850s before the first vines were first planted, and now it’s New Zealand’s third largest wine region. Aromatic grape varieties thrive in this area thanks to its remote easterly location and long sunshine hours. The soil is comprised predominantly of loam, silt and clay, which favour varietals such as Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay.

Gisborne suffered from the phylloxera outbreak that affected the New Zealand wine industry in the early 80s but recovered well with focused replanting, which also helped to alleviate Gisbourne’s reputation as a bulk grape-buying region. Over a quarter of New Zealand wine is produced in the area and there are three sub-regions - Patutahi, Manutuke and Ormond. Patutahu is the warmest, thanks to its inland location and relatively low rainfall. It provides fertile, well draining soils due to the gentle sloping of the area. Manutuke enjoys a more coastal location with well-drained sandy, silt-soils with some heavier complex Kaiti clay to the hillier west, suiting Chardonnay. Ormond is further north of the Gisborne township and is home to Gisborne's first commercial planting. The clay based slopes of the area with sandy topsoils have helped pave the way for many of Gisborne's top Chardonnays.

The warmer temperature of the region allows Chardonnay to ripen up to six weeks ahead of their southern counterparts. The climate is heavily influenced by the surrounding hills which provide shelter from the northerly weather systems, but the somewhat wet climate conditions can cause challenges in vineyards trying to ripen grapes.

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    Medium bodied, pure & fresh with zesty citrus & peach notes. Brilliant acid line provides real length
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    2015 Cooper's Creek Bell Ringer Albariño Gisborne

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  • Taste
    Poached pear, warm croissant & a spicy, sappy appeal. Floral edge, delicate fruit, fine minerality & fresh acidity
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    Tagine, Pad Thai
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    2014 Millton Riverpoint Viognier Gisborne

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  • Taste
    Delicately balanced, floral aromas, fuelled by fresh apricots, striking acidity & a delicious length
    Eat
    Ginger spiced….. anything
    Why
    Authentic & harmonious representation of Gewurztraminer
    Millton Riverpoint Gewurztraminer New Zealand Wine

    2014 Millton Riverpoint Gewürztraminer Gisborne

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  • Taste
    Fresh lime zest, fragrant gardenias, taut & vibrant. Fine wool, bush honey, cumquat, ripe bouche pear & a tingling aftertaste
    Eat
    Duck parfait, caramelised brioche
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    Staff Favourite
    Millton Chenin Blanc New Zealand Wine

    2015 Millton Te Arai Vineyard Chenin Blanc Gisborne

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  • Taste
    A lively nose with notes of dark cherry, juniper berry & a hint of fennel. There is a savoury taste with a lively mineral edge to balance
    Eat
    Roasted beetroot & juniper berries
    Why
    Produced by one of NZ's best biodynamic producer
    Millton La Cote Pinot Noir New Zealand Wine

    2015 Millton La Cote Pinot Noir Gisborne

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  • Taste
    Vibrant with a nutty, mouth filling complexity. Driven acidity with a long, clean finish
    Eat
    Hot smoked salmon salad & mango
    Why
    As fresh as biting into a ripe nectarine
    Millton Opou Chardonnay Gisborne New Zealand Wine

    2013 Millton Opou Chardonnay Gisborne

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