A Note On What Is To Come… 2016 Vintage

The weather has been kind to us in Marlborough with only the odd bit of rain meaning we have been able to pick when the flavours have been right!

Our Vanuatian picking crew have worked like legends, long hours and hot days but it’s nearly home time for them- bai bai and thanks a million for all your hard work!

With intense blackcurrant, blackberry and cherry notes in the Vintage Pinot Noir’s, we cannot wait to see the finished wines, but we must wait for 2-3 weeks more before the wild yeasts have done their thing.

The Sauvignon Blanc was harvested this past Wednesday with a fabulous analysis, beautifully balanced juice, so not much to do in the winery with this one, its pure, just the way we like it!

As for the Pinot Gris, the grapes were rose pink at harvest while most of that colour drops away during the ferment, it has lots of sweetness and floral, honey and rose petal type flavours. Plus it looks very pretty bubbling away in the tank!

Gisborne as it sometimes does took the brunt of some rain before Easter further reducing an already small crop.

The flavours in Gisborne are as fabulous as ever, the 2016 vintage is looking amazing!

To celebrate such a successful harvest, we are offering customers 20% off their order, so jump online and stock up on wine from our store now!

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What is it that New Zealand’s top and most reputed restaurants have in common? Not only good food, top chefs and dedicated staff, but also the creme of the crop in wine.

And our Reserve Iliad Gisbourne Chardonnay 2014 is always in the spotlight.

A favourite at SPQR, The French Cafe, The Grill, and The Grove, a match made in heaven at Masu, by the bottle or glass at Wellington’s Salty Pidgeon and Matakana’s Market Kitchen, the perfect companion for a late lunch at Ponsonby Street Bistro, and a pleasant surprise at many other bars and restaurants (such as the new Oyster and Chop on the viaduct), the Reserve Iliad Gisbourne Chardonnay is a delicious and treasured drop.

The Odyssey Reserve Iliad label is reserved for those wines which show exceptional character and finesse. The ambition is to make wines which will excite and impress, with a subtlety and complexity unique to the ‘Iliad’ label.

The grapes for this wine were hand selected and picked from the Kawitiri vineyard in Gisborne.  This vineyard is planted with Mendoza. The vintage of 2014 was exceptional, meaning we could leave the grapes hang on the vine for an extended time. The grapes were whole bunch pressed and fermented with its own yeast strains in a selection of one and two year old tight-grained French oak barriques. After a full malolactic fermentation, the wine was left to sit on its lees with minimal batonnage (stirring) for approx. one year.

The Odyssey Reserve Iliad Gisborne Chardonnay 2014 is an concentrated wine, full and vibrant, with ripe peach, lifted citrus and  melon fruit flavours and well integrated  oak. The same ripe fruit flavours follow through onto the palate which has great depth and a refined structure. The wine will continue to unfold and develop complexities with ageing.

A New Zealand Icon Wine – Michael Cooper A lovely expression of Gisborne Chardonnay

Try a bottle for yourself. Purchase from our online store now.



2016 Harvest Prep

New Year, New Vintage 2016!

Planning is already underway for this years harvest, set for mid March to early April.

We have been a busy bunch counting bunches so we know how much crop we can expect for our harvest. From this we can also determine if we want to ‘drop crop’. ‘Drop cropping’ is a strange concept to many, and essentially means we cut off and discard many valuable grapes to benefit a smaller portion of the grapes, meaning the remaining bunches have a deeper flavour and gives the final juice the perfect balance between acidic and sweet. We have also been leaf plucking and trimming to expose the branches to the required level of sunlight. Sunlight is key for grapes as it affects the flavours.You don’t want too little, or too much!

Lastly, we put the bird nets on the grapes. The starlings come in flocks, keen to sample our fine grapes! If they had their way they could eat their way through entire crops, the pesky little critters!!!

Heres to a great harvest and an even better year!