If you’re a Chardonnay lover that’s been around the block a few times then you’ll no doubt remember the good old days of the 80s & 90s – big, rich, oaky Chardonnay was the style and Gizzy was the king!
Labels like Brancott “O” Chardonnay, Matua’s Judd and Nobilo’s Dixon were some of the big names in the day. Go fat or go home! Get Barrel Fermented or get lost! Somehow those styles went out of fashion (yeah, nuts right?). But they’ve made a comeback. It was no easy road, in fact it was a long haul.
Teresa Nobilo-Healy is a wine negociant with wine royalty in the blood (yep, the Nobilo family). She’s bringing back her family’s classic, single vineyard Gisborne Chardonnay style from back in the day with the release of Longhaul Oaked Chardonnay.
Meticulously hand harvested fruit from a single vineyard in the iconic Ormond Estate, it’s 100% Mendoza clone fruit, barrel fermented in French oak for 9 months. No shortcuts taken here, it’s the long haul all the way baby. That’s the only way to make the the classic, barrel fermented Gizzy Chardonnay.
With a good few years bottle age under its belt this Chardonnay is drinking like a dream right now and will carry on through to 2020 for sure. This is an awesome price for a classic Gisborne Chardonnay with all the trimmings. Chill it down and bust it out with white meats and fish in rich, creamy sauces, served to a late 80s/early 90s beat!