With grapes grown in the Gisborne sun, we produce wines with integrity which don't compromise on bold flavours or drinkability.
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A classic expression of the King of White Grapes. This is a Gisborne Classic Chardonnay - Oak barrel fermented and Oak barrel aged - picked from younger low yielding wines in the Matawhero sub region. This Chardonnay has enjoyed 14 months in French and Hungarian Oak, then bottled in June 2019. With a pale straw colour, this wine has a soft, elegant nose which delivers spices and ripe stone fruit.
TASTING NOTES: The soft, elegant nose is notable for pineapple and grapefruit, which are regarded as two of the key flavours for fine White Burgundy. Our winemaker describes this as a wine with “zip” remarking on the almost flinty white stone fruit flavours, think: white fleshed Nectarine. Beneath that, is an almost sherbert like creaminess, due to the malolactic fermentation, finishing with a restrained lemony acidity, combining with finesse to produce a bready, nutty Burgundian character.
GRAPE VARIETALS: Chardonnay
FOOD MATCH: Steamed Scallop and Pork Shumai at Blue Breeze Inn, Auckland.
For more than 30 years the Bridge Estate vineyard at Matawhero produced a Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Easy observation revealed that it the Cabernet Franc which thrived the most in the Gisborne climate, ripening ahead of the other three varieties and achieving complete ripeness and a piquant depth of flavour. In many ways it was the Cabernet Franc which acted as the keystone to the blend.
Our last vintage at Bridge Estate convinced us to produce a straight Cabernet Franc, a wine with its roots in the Chinon region of the Loire, and tending to be known only to the Cognoscenti. To say we haven’t been disappointed is an understatement. It is a hugely characterful wine, with the berry fruit flavours of Cabernet Sauvignon, and the smokiness on the nose for which Cabernet Franc is recognised.
Following aging in mostly old (20 % new Oak) French and Hungarian Red Wine barrels for 14 months, the wine was bottled in June 2019. Defying any expectation such a young wine should be unapproachable at this stage, its tasting incredibly well even now, with well integrated acidity, like a wine old before its time.
Our winemaker has the last say: “It’s like Pinot Noir with balls”
TASTING NOTES: A hugely characterful wine, with the berry fruit flavours of Cabernet Sauvignon, and the smokiness on the nose for which Cabernet Franc is recognised.
GRAPE VARIETAL: Cabernet Franc.
FOOD MATCH: Fourteen hour smoked beef brisket, green chilli, lemongrass, galangal at Woodpecker Hill, Auckland.
An uncharacteristically refined and ‘serious’ Rosé, standing out against a veritable avalanche of ‘blush’ and often, too sweet Rosés. But Gisborne has always done big wines and there is no reason to expect a Gisborne Rosé should imitate the pale wines of Province.
This is a Rosé with Heart and Soul, depth of colour and flavour. In fact… it tastes how it looks. The key lies in full extraction of the flavour and colour of 100% Merlot, then aging the resulting wine in old Red Wine barrels for 14 months. The result is garnet in colour with fresh Strawberries and Cream on the nose, but with wonderful underlying intensity of red berry fruit flavours across the palate. Picked from mature lower yielding vines in the Jackson Vineyard on the Patutahi Terrace, this Le Pont Rose 2018 confirms that Gisborne Merlot is the key to a wine with depth and flavour
TASTING NOTES: Fresh Strawberries and Cream on the nose, but with wonderful underlying intensity of red berry fruit flavours across the palate.
GRAPE VARIETAL: Merlot
FOOD MATCH: Pappardelle, Crystal Bay Prawn, Tomato and Chilli at Andiamo Eatery.
The distinctive 2014 vintage is from vines planted at Matawhero, Gisborne, in 1985. Merlot based (43%), with lesser amounts of Cabernet Sauvingnon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, it was matured in seasoned and rejuvenated French Oak casks. A classy, subtle wine with good complexity, it's drinking well already, but likely to be at its best 2018 and beyond.
TASTING NOTES: Full and fairly youthful in colour, it has strong ripe berry and spice flavours with nutty and savoury notes and good tannin backbone.
GRAPE VARIETALS: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvingnon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.
FOOD MATCH: Pressed lamb shoulder with eggplant, sour cream, quinoa, buckwheat and tomato at The Works, Gisborne.
AWARDED BY MICHAEL COOPER
Wine for the people.
Poverty Bay Wines are created with traditional French wine blends in mind but for the modern discerning palette. Our wines match beautifully with contemporary cuisine from all over the world.
For more than a decade Poverty Bay Wine Estates Ltd has produced premium boutique wines in Gisborne under the Poverty Bay, Le Pont and Bridge Estate labels. Our wines can be found in top restaurants in Auckland, Wellington, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne.
Wines can be tasted in Gisborne by appointment or at the Gisborne Wine Centre.
If your favourite restaurant doesn't have Poverty Bay wine on it's list then let us know through our contact form and we will pay them a visit!
Some of the places you can find Poverty Bay Wines to buy or try
BLUE BREEZE INN
GISBORNE WINE CENTRE
CRAW FORD ROAD KITCHEN
DOUBLE VISION BREWERY
MINISTRY OF FOOD
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