Gisborne goodness 

2016 Spade Oak Voysey Gisborne Pinot Gris $19.95

Gisborne’s vineyard area has shrunk by more than a quarter over the past 10 years, but winemakers like Steve Voysey of Spade Oak have added diversity in spades, if you’ll excuse the pun…

Voysey and his wife, Eileen, own Spade Oak and produce many of their region’s most interesting wines from the safe – such as this well priced, full bodied, high quality Pinot Gris – to the downright unsafe, such as Petit Manseng (a hand sell, if ever there was, but a delicious one at that).

They also make very good quality Albarino, Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and blanc de blancs bubbly. This Pinot Gris is youthful, dry, full bodied and soft with a flavoursome style spanning green apple and pear to ripe stonefruit (white peach and peach nectar) with secondary bells and whistles from a short time on yeast lees following fermentation.