Spade Oak 2012 ‘Voysey’ and ‘Vigneron’ Chardonnays


Although 2012 is seen as a ‘tricky’ vintage in Gisborne, Steve and Eileen Voysey’s winegrowing experience of over two decades, most of it in the Gisborne region has enabled the making of some excellent wines. The Chardonnay variety is something of a signature for Steve as a winemaker and for Gisborne as a region, with Steve having a strong hand in the development of the famous Montana ‘O’ Ormond, and ‘Terroir Series’ ‘Waihirere’ and ‘Stuart Block’ wines, and recently the multi-award winning Ashwood Estate’ Chardonnay. However, it is his own label Spade Oak wines that are of real interest, and Steve managed to give the fruit for his Chardonnay wine plenty of hang time, the fruit being "the last Chardonnays in the door”, with yields of 10 tonnes/ha for the ‘Voysey’ and a tiny 4 tonnes/ha for the ‘Vigneron’ wine. From now, Steve and Eileen will label their ‘Reserve’ wine as ‘Vigneron’, believing the term ‘Reserve’ has lost much of its significance, whereas ‘Vigneron’ signifies the role that Steve has in crafting a more complex wine. Here are my reviews of the 2012 Chardonnays from Spade Oak. They show Steve Voysey to be a gifted winemaker. www.spadeoak.co.nz


  • Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2012
  • Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2012

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