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Gisborne soils are consistent within blocks and therefore wine differentiation occurs on soil age, appellation (microclimate) clone and winemaking philosophy. Soils are clay based promoting soft, sensuous, textural Chardonnays = Rich
Gisborne has a moderate maritime climate - not too hot, not too cold -delivering perfect specification Chardonnay grapes which allow a proportion of Malolactic fermentation = Creamy.
It is worth noting that Gisborne can do partial malolactic fermentation and the wines remain in balance, so there is both a pure fruit component and a buttery component to the wines = Delicious
The region’s maximum temperatures rarely get to the point of vine shutdown (greater than 30 degrees C) = Unstressed vines
With plenty of sunshine and warm nights, plus maritime s days avoiding excessive heat, which can cook the aromas out of the fruit = Golden bunches on the vine, but still with a citrus influence
Moderate and regular rainfall matched with the deep clay soil allowing ‘dry farmed’ non irrigated viticulture which is sustainable and naturally ripened with minimal intervention through forced dehydration/rehydration = Happy Vines with youthful vigour and balanced fruit.
Gisborne’s history of growing Chardonnay, the ease of which makes it a winning combination for the region, creates an undoubted fit = grapes that consistently do well in a region that makes great wine!
Add minimal/no frost risk, long cool season, grapes passing through multiple picking windows = lemon citrus for Methode; Nectarine Peach for Chablis style; tropical pineapple/ melon/ grapefruit for complex barrel fermented styles.
Gisborne Chardonnay = soft rich fruitful, mouth filling textural, savoury chardonnay that ticks the boxes for enjoyable, drinkable, dependable, chardonnay.
The seamless wonder that is = Gisborne Chardonnay.