Spade Oak 2016 Viognier and Petit Manseng, and 2015 Skin Ferment Petit Manseng

Gisborne can certainly be considered a hotspot region of vinous innovation, particularly with new varieties and styles. The Riversun Nursery is the source of much of the new clonal material that is being seen throughout the country. The local winegrowers have been quick to take their pickings, and we have seen many interesting and successful wines made with Viognier, Gruner Veltliner, Albarino, St Laurent and Tempranillo. Steve and Eileen Voysey of Spade Oak have been enthusiastic in trialling the new varieties, and aware of some of the new styles and trends, have applied them in making their very interesting wines.

Here, I review three wines under the ‘Vigneron’ range which gives Steve the license to indulge his winemaking. They are the 2016 Viognier, a variety that he champions in spite of lessening favour within the industry, the 2016 Petit Manseng, a rare Jurancon grape that shows real promise, and a 2015 ‘Skin Contact’ Petit Manseng, made in the contemporary cultish ‘orange wine’ style. This was Steve’s first foray into the style, investigating variety, extraction rates and the avoidance of oxidation and reductive characters among other factors. Steve certainly believes lower acid varieties are more suited to ‘orange wine’ production, and sees Viognier, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer will be positive. All three wines have been bottled in 375 ml format.


  • Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Viognier 2016
  • Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Petit Manseng 2016
  • Spade Oak ‘Vigneron’ Gisborne Skin Ferment Petit Manseng 2015

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