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Spade Oak 2018 ‘Voysey’ 2017 ‘The Prospect’ Chardonnay

02 February,2019

Steve Voysey has had a hand in making some of New Zealand’s great Chardonnays from Gisborne over the years. His claim to fame is arguably developing the ‘O’ for ‘Ormond’ wine which ended up being one of Pernod-Ricard’s best wines. Since Steve has left to make his own wines, he has continued to craft superior Chardonnays. I’m sure he would give considerable credit to the other influences, such as site and soil from where the fruit is sourced, indigenous yeasts and barrel-fermentation. Steve isn’t a fan of the reductive ‘gunflinty’ style, and has proven that great Chardonnay can be made in styles without it. Here’ I review the 2018 Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Chardonnay, made as his most accessible wine, yet showing sophistication, along with the 2017 ‘The Prospect’ Chardonnay, a serious Gisborne bottling which is made in conjunction with Indevin where Steve consults. www.spadeoak.co.nz


Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2018

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Gisborne


Bright light golden yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fine and full with bright aromas of ripe, rounded tropical fruit along notes of savoury tropical fruits melded with creamy buttery barrel fermentation. This is fulsome and rich unfolding layers of nutty florals. Dry to taste and medium- full bodied has packed and deep flavours of sweet ripe yellow stone fruits and tropical fruits. The flavours are mouthfilling and form a rich core of ripe stonefruit with notes of yellow stonefruits. Nutty notes show and the wine carries a light-phenolic textured line with soft acidity and some underling alcohol drive leading to a long finish. This is a full and rich yellow-stonefruited chardonnay with up front flavours of creamy-barrel fermented and nutty elements with some texture and freshness. Match with roast red meats over the next 3-4 years. 96% Chardonnay, 64% clone 95 from the Indevin Patutahi ‘Stuart’ Block, and 32% clone 548 from the Indevin ‘Ormond’ vineyard, with 4% Viognier from the ‘Spade Oak’ vineyard, the Viognier indigenous yeast barrel-fermented, to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 7 months with oak contact, 20% new equivalence, 6 months on lees and 50% undergoing MLF. 18.5/20 Feb 2019 RRP $19.95

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The Prospect Ormond Gisborne Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Gisborne

Bright even straw yellow colour with some depth lighter on the rim.  The nose is full and fresh with deep aromas of fragrant yellow stonefruits along with tropical fruits and nutty elements.  This has excellent density and penetration.  Dry to taste and medium-full bodied the palate is fulsome with rich and bold flavours of ripe yellowstone fruits and tropical fruit along with nutty oak harmoniously melded with creamy barrel ferment and some MLF butterscotch.  The flavours are rounded and integrated and flow smoothly along a soft textured palate, leading to a long smooth lasting finish.   This is a rich and rounded bold Chardonnay with savoury flavours with tropical stonefruits and integrated creamy nutty oak.  Match with roasted pork over the next 4 years.  90% Mendosa clone fruit from the ‘Ashwood’ estate, Ormond, and 10% ‘Spade Oak’ Viognier, 10% indigenous yeast, 100% barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 25% new French oak, 75% undergoing MLF. 18.5+/20  Feb 2019  RRP $27.00 Disclaimer: This wine is distributed by ‘Wine2Trade’, the company under which ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews’ operates    
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