From the Cellar: Tiritiri Estate Gisborne Chardonnay 2008 – $$$
I could kick myself. This one slept a couple of years too long I regret to say. Yellow gold. 13%. Mature nose, taint of oxidation. The oxidation carries through to the wine, and clouds the appealing nutty and sunny character of the wine. I bought it after a tasting at the Gisborne Wine Centre a few years back, and should really have opened it earlier. The wine is better than how it shows here, and to be fair, would be close to a 4 if I’d kept it in better nick. L liked it, so the quality was in there.
An organic producer too, and they claim to be NZ’s smallest vineyard. 500 rows, producing 50-100 cases. Damn, that makes me feel stink.