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Goldwater Chardonnay
Goldwater were established 1978, they had the vision to sow one of New Zealand's very first vineyards on Waiheke Island in Hauraki Gulf. They now make their home amongst the coddled blocks of vine in Marlborough's Wairau Valley. To create a Chardonnay of superior palate weight, a number of Burgundian techniques are employed, a rich course of barrel ferments and eight months lees battonage in French oak. Its vibrant peach bouquet precedes a textural palate of toasty creamyness, the temperate tropicality of apricots and lime, impeccably balanced, silky and refined.
Chardonnay is sourced from vineyards planted to auspicious silty gravel clays, exceptional terroirs which encourage the development of rich and exciting esters in the grapes. The finest blocks, husbanded by dedicated growers, are gently harvested throughout the cool hours of early morning, to capture and preserve all the crisp, pristine fruit characters of Chardonnay ripening on the vine. Bunches are treated to a gentle crushing and long, languid course of ferments, followed by a term of maturation in French oak barriques to round the palate while infusing creamy, aromatic complexity.
Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc
Available by the dozen
A perennial wine show performer, Goldwater is consistently praised by notable reviewers as one of the finest Sauvignon Blanc to be found anywhere. The philosophy is simple, great wines are born in the vineyard. Goldwater combine old world traditional viticultural practices with modern day methodology to achieve outstanding, world class efforts. Careful site selection, sustainable land management and meticulous vineyard management, including innovative trellising and low yields, translate into crops of the highest quality Sauvignon Blanc.
From ultra premium vineyards in Wairau valley, chosen to reflect the vibrancy and clean fruit flavours of the very finest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. A close husbanding of vines combined with careful canopy manipulation, leaf plucking and shoot thinning, yields harvests exhibiting consistent ripeness. Flavour development is aided by cool nights during the critical ripening period leading up to harvest. Fruit is treated to a cool vinification in controlled fermenters to retain freshness and regional charm. Selections of yeasts are chosen to build subtle complexity, the wine remains on yeast lees several months to build body, texture and mouthfeel.
Pale straw gold hue. Intensely aromatic and fragrant aromas of passionfruit, grapefruit and rock melon, subtle citrus notes contribute further lift. The elegant, pure Goldwater style of palate displaying real intensity without being aggressive. Rich ripe flavours meld with tropical and citrus fruits. A crisp mouth feel is well balanced by an elegant, long finish. Drink now while young and vibrant, Goldwater mates beautifully with all fresh faire.
Goldwater Estate was established by Kim and Jeanette Goldwater in 1978 when they pioneered winegrowing on Waiheke Island with the planting of the first vinifera vineyard

The Goldwater philosophy is simple - great wine is born in the vineyard. Goldwater combines old world traditional wine making techniques with modern day technology to achieve outstanding and memorable hand-crafted wines. The success of Goldwater wines is demonstrated by the fact that there are now more than thirty vineyards on Waiheke Island. Careful site selection, sustainable viticultural practices and meticulous vineyard management, including innovative trellising and low yields, ensure the production of exceptionally high quality grapes.


The Estate owned Waiheke Island vineyards extend over 35 acres of free-draining clay based hillside soils and are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Chardonnay. It was not until 1992 that the Goldwaters made their first wine in Marlborough. Today they are equally well known for their outstanding Sauvignon Blanc (previously Dog Point and New Dog) and Roseland Chardonnay. Both these wines are now focused on Wairau Valley fruit. The Boatshed Bay Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are a blend of fruit from both the Wairau and Awatere valleys in Marlborough. - Goldwater

In Marlborough's internationally acclaimed Wairau Valley, grapes are grown on 85 acres of silty clays over gravels by growers who have been with Goldwaters for over 10 years. A further 70 acres is being progressively planted in the Awatere Valley under new partnerships, which will bring additional complexity and depth to our Marlborough wines.

A new vineyard in the highly esteemed Gimblett Gravels sub region of Hawkes Bay has recently been planted for Goldwater Estate. It has been propogated from vines on Waiheke Island to produce a blended Merlot red. In April 2006, Goldwater Wines merged with Vavasour Wines, the pioneering winery from Marlborough's Awatere valley.

In the Hawkes Bay, 20 acres of red Bordeaux varieties are planted on the deep, stony, free draining soils of the Gimblett Gravels region. These plantings have largely been propagated from Goldwater’s successful selections of vines on Waiheke Island and are with a talented viticultural team in the Bay.

With thirty years of experience in winegrowing, the Goldwaters recognise the importance of soil and vine health and wherever possible choose organic or soft practices within this sustainable framework. Soil and plant analysis is completed regularly and close vine monitoring extends throughout all areas of the vineyard. Goldwater Estate has been an initial participant in the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand Scheme. This scheme has been widely adopted throughout the country to provide a best practice model of environmental practices in the vineyard and winery. Through these practices the objective is to address concerns in matters pertaining to the environment and winegrape production. Goldwater also aim to improve vineyard management and wine quality through sustainable practices. - Goldwater - Goldwater

Goldwater's focus on careful vineyard management has ensured the wines have vibrant fruit characters, harmonious balance, elegant structure and exceptional concentration. Balance is fundamental. The grapes are analysed daily prior to harvest and then hand picked in small batches.

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