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The wines of Goldwater Estate, Waiheke Island, New Zealand 

18 Causeway Road, Putiki Bay, Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Phone: (09) 372 7493 Fax: (09) 372 6827
E-mail: goldwine@compuserve.com
UK agent: Hallgarten (01582 722 538)

Goldwater Estate is a high-level producer based on Waiheke Island (just off Auckland, in North Island). Land is at a premium on the island, so the 13 hectares planted there (which produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay) are supplemented by 35 hectares in Marlborough under long-term contract (Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay). The Waiheke reds are expensive and sought after.

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2001, Marlborough
Pale coloured. Rounded nose is quite rich, with a spicy edge, but is not overblown. Fresh, grassy, rounded palate. Quite a full style of Sauvignon. Very good (7.99 Majestic)

Zell Chardonnay 2000, Waiheke Island
Still fairly taut and youthful, with some smoky, toasty complexity to the rich fruit on the nose. Quite a richly textured palate with some classy herb-tinged fruit and well-integrated oak. Very good+ (c. 20)

Roseland Chardonnay 1999, Marlborough
Ripe, rounded nose with a sweet caramel and herby edge to the fruit. Simple fruity style with juicy, citrussy fruit on the bright palate. Good/very good (c. 8)

Esslin Merlot 1999, Waiheke Island
Full red colour with a fading edge. Intense, spicy, richly berry fruited nose. Concentrated, juicy berry fruit on the palate with some spicy tannins. Rich but restrained, and very tasty. Very good+ (20+)

Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 1998, Waiheke Island
Deep red colour slightly fading at the rim. Wonderfully intense nose showing bright berry fruit: quite sweet but with a rich savoury/spicy edge. The chunky palate displays rich fruit, some tannins and a spicy finish. This is super stuff: concentrated but restrained in quite an old-world style. Nice balance. Very good/excellent (20+)

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wines tasted February 2002