Goldwater Estate Waiheke Island
Kim Goldwater pioneered quality wine production on Waiheke Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf in 1978 and has long produced a powerful, structured Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot with good balance, ripeness and concentration in the best years. The wine keeps well and with age impresses more for its elegance and complexity than for concentration but has very good depth and dimension. It deserves to be drunk with a minimum of 5 years’ age as does the pricier Waiheke Island Merlot from the Esslin Vineyard, with rich plum and berry fruit, lots of extract and spicy oak. A little of a premium Chardonnay is also produced from the Zell Vineyard. As well as the 14ha of vineyards on Waiheke, a further 35ha in Marlborough are contracted under a long-term lease. New Dog Sauvignon Blanc shows good aromatic Marlborough Sauvignon character (DOG POINT, as it was previously known, now refers to the exciting new estate of Ivan Sutherland and James Healy). Goldwater’s Roseland Chardonnay shows good structure and some restraint with attractive citrus flavours and wellintegrated oak. A new 8-ha site has recently been planted in the Gimblett Gravels district of Hawkes Bay. Wood’s Hill Cabernet/Merlot is produced from younger vines on Waiheke and is cool-fruited but supple and characterful.
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