My first encounter with a Gisborne Chardonnay was way back in 2001 and this example just brought back memories, there is something specific with Gisborne Chardonnay, their airy style, a certain lightness that may be confused as insipid, yet not the case at all, in fact they are one of the most European of all New World Chardonnay, not necessarily Burgundian type, but a confident austerity.
This Diamond Ridge is another offering from Checkers as part of their international collection, nationwide at R 70 a bottle this is a good if you like a “Chablis” style white.
Pale straw with bright yellow green reflections, color shows slight evolution.
Clean, moderate intensity, recognizable as a Gisborne Chardonnay, delicate citrus, stone fruits and melon with subtle mineral quartz note, faintest brush of oak.
Dry with moderate plus acidity, textured, focus and fresh with moderate alcohol of 13% abv, medium bodied with juicy fruits follows through, probably at peak now until end 2014+