Odyssey Hera Chardonnay 2021
1 or more bottles$60.00
Michael Cooper5 points
A supreme selection from the organic vineyards of Gisborne Chardonnay expert, Rebecca Salmond of Odyssey wines. Aromas of juicy peach and nectarine, crunchy apples, biscuits and a touch of spice. The palate shows great weight and concentration and intense fruit flavours. Classic Gisborne Chardonnay, marvellously executed.
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"The powerful, lush 2021 vintage (5*) was grown in Gisborne’s Golden Triangle, handpicked, fermented with indigenous yeast and matured in French oak casks (50 per cent new). Light gold, it is a weighty, arrestingly savoury, concentrated and complex wine, with deep, ripe peachy, slightly spicy flavours and a rich well-rounded finish. Gisborne Chardonnay at its finest, its already delicious."
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The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.
Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the South Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.
Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.
The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.
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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About the brand Odyssey
Odyssey Wines are high quality single vineyard artisanal wines made by winemaker owner Rebecca Salmond. Her experiences of working in some of the worlds most acclaimed wine regions is reflected in the style of wines she makes. In an aim to fully express the terroir of the vineyard Odyssey is organic and winemaking practices are more ‘natural’ with minimal additives.