Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Albarino 2014

Of the current offerings of new and innovative white varieties planted in New Zealand, my thoughts are that the Spanish-Portuguese Albarino may be the most promising, more so than Gruner Veltliner which has more plantings, and the rarer Arneis. Approximately 20 ha of Albarino are planted in the country, with half that bearing. The Gisborne region has proven success with the variety and is predicted to have 20 ha in two years’ time. The wine has a distinctive floral character with elevated acidity, which appears to have favour especially among consumers. Growers find it easy to ripen to 13.0 to 14.0% in most vintages. Steve and Eileen Voysey of Spade Oak in Gisborne produced their first vintage in 2011 and are very pleased with the results. Their experience and research with wines from Spain and Portugal have led them to make more elegant wines at 12.5% alc. The Voyseys also see a pungent thiol-like character which they see can add interest. In February this year, I reviewed a selection of Gisborne Albarinos, including the 2015 Spade Oak, not yet due for general release (click here to see my report). It was an attractively elegant wine. Here I review the 2014, which has now become available.


  • Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne Albarino 2014

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