Poverty Bay Wine

New Zealand Classic Car - - Summer Wine Guide -

Lo­cated in 120-year-old sta­bles in Matawhero, Gis­borne, the Bridge Es­tate cel­lar door is also the home of Poverty Bay Wine Es­tates, and is a wel­come stag­ing post for those do­ing the leg­endary East Coast road trip up around the East Cape and back down the Waioeka Gorge, a clas­sic driv­ers’ heaven. Like clas­sic-car own­ers, Bridge Es­tate prizes an­tiq­uity — dur­ing the re­cent con­ver­sion of the sta­bles into the cel­lar door, re­cy­cling was key, and barely a length of new tim­ber was used.

As with the cel­lar door, the vine­yard is some­thing of a col­lec­tor’s item, be­ing one of the coun­try’s few sin­gle­site Bordeaux vine­yards. Planted in 1985, it pro­duces fine red and white wines, in­clud­ing the leg­endary Bridge Es­tate Re­serve la­bel Bordeaux blend, only pro­duced in the best years.

In ad­di­tion to the top la­bel, other wines are pro­duced un­der the Poverty Bay la­bel, in­clud­ing a Mer­lot Caber­net, a Sémil­lon, plus a Rosé made us­ing the French saigneé method. This French theme ex­tends to the food, which is typ­i­cal French pro­vin­cial fare fea­tur­ing pâtés, char­cu­terie, and ripe cheeses.

Bridge Es­tate is open Wed­nes­day to Sun­day from 11am to 6pm, and seven days dur­ing De­cem­ber and Jan­uary. Groups may care to book.

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