The wine has excellent varietal bouquet with passionfruit, melon, peach and spice notes. The palate has power and weight, silken texture, richness and balance with great length and splendid natural acidity. The wine is best enjoyed while still young and exuberant.
Food Suggestions: Oysters, seafood and white meats and as an aperitif with canapes.
2002 was an exceptional year in Marlborough. Ideal spring weather was followed by a warm and extremely dry summer which produced probably the best vintage yet seen in Marlborough. This great weather allowed us to pick the precise day of ripening with no compromise, producing an absolutely stunning wine with intense tropical fruit flavours combined with silken mouth feel and great length.
The Goldwater Estate was established in 1978 by Kim & Jeanette Goldwater when they pioneered winegrowing in New Zealand on Waiheke Island.
Using traditional winemaking techniques, together with modern technology and the finest French oak, the Goldwaters produce handcrafted wines with vibrant fruit characters, harmonious balance, elegant structure and exceptional concentration.
The Goldwater family is dedicated to producing handmade wines with outstanding character and finesse.
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A few other New Zealand areas include the region of Auckland, high up on the North Island, Nelson, sitting to the west of Marlborough, and Canterbury, just under Waipara on the South Island. Most wines in New Zealand will come from a designated area and say so on the label.
Auckland was one of the first wine growing regions of the country, but now produces very little of New Zealand's wine. It's pretty wet up there so vineyards are planted in the driest spots possible – reds are most popular here. Nelson is the only region along the west coast of the country, producing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Canterbury's chilly climate is best suited for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.