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  • For that retro, shoulder-pad toting, buttery Chardonnay.
  • A United Cellars exclusive by a secret Gisborne winemaker.
  • From NZ's internationally acclaimed Chardonnay capital.

Tasting Notes

Colour Golden-Yellow
Nose Big, tropical fruit aromas of grilled pineapple and guava, with hints of butterscotch, dry straw and oak-spice.
Palate A cheeky, lip-smacking acidity hides behind a bold tropical fruit flavours, building a delicious, buttery mouth feel. Coconut oak & soft honey comb linger on a long, soft finish.
Food Pairing Roasted wood pigeon with horopito stuffing.
Cellaring 1-3 Years
Notes As rare as some of New Zealand's native birds, this Chardonnay is the result of a quest to find the best value Gisborne wines. Made by a secret wine maker especially for United cellars with full malolactic fermentation, this is that elusive 80's style Chardonnay you've been searching for.
Variety Chardonnay
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2015
Region Gisborne
Country New Zealand
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Native Bird
A specialist label focusing on the best value varietals produced by their key regions in New Zealand.

The inaugural release being a Gisborne Chardonnay.

Watch this space for future 'Native Birds' being released into the wild, or rather, into the captivity of your cellar!
The Gisborne wine region is the first wine region in the world to see the new day's sun and was the first place Captain Cook hopped ashore as the first European to arrive in New Zealand. Located on the most easterly point of the north island, at the northern end of Poverty Bay, Gisborne gets a lot of sunlight hours when compared to other New Zealand wine growing regions.

The regions receives good shelter from the mountains in the west, though is still exposed to cyclones that can have a significant impact on the yield and quality of certain vintages. The soils in Gisborne are predominantly alluvial loams on sandy or volcanic subsoils, suiting the key varieties that grow there.

Chardonnay is the main grape variety for the region although other white varieties like Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc, and Riesling are lesser quantities of Viogner are produced. The reds have not been as successful in Gisborne as the whites, though small amounts are grown.

The region is home to only a handful of wineries, less than two dozen in total with the most well known being Millton. Instead, the majority of vineyards are in holdings of large wine companies based elsewhere. The almost-perfectly-flat Gisborne plain is the site for most vineyards, however in more recent times, the gently sloping land in outlying areas of Gisborne has also been planted to vine.


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