Invivo Gisborne Chardonnay 2016

There’s nothing subtle in this bottle and you won’t find any oaky splinters here, just bountiful, beautiful pineapples and lemons from sunny Gisborne.

Our Chardonnay is big, bold and bursting with ripe fruit with just a hint of creamy, toasty oak. This instantly appealing chardonnay will go well with your closest friends. And if they don’t love it as much as you do, they probably weren’t your friends anyway. (Told you we weren’t subtle).


Country New Zealand
Region Gisborne
Vineyards CI 95 and Mendoza clones from the Central Valley
Variety Chardonnay
Harvest Date New Zealand
Brix at Harvest 21.5-22.8
Cellaring 1-3 years
Bottle Size 750ml
Winemaker Rob Cameron


Residual Sugar 1g/L
pH 3.52
TA 5.9
Alcohol 13%


"'There's nothing subtle in this bottle', says the back label on the easy-drinking, 'big, bold' 2016 vintage. Bright, light lemon/green, it is fresh, sweet-fruited and mouthfilling, with ripe, citrusy, peachy flavours, slightly creamy and toasty notes adding complexity, and a rounded finish."
Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wine 2017
“This is fruit expressive and fragrant on the nose showing yellow peach, mango, rockmelon and vanilla characters with a touch of cedar complexity. The palate delivers generous fruit weight and intensity, wonderfully supported by creamy texture and bright acidity. The wine is immediate and friendly, and finishes long and succulent. At its best: now to 2019."
Wine Orbit
"Invivo 2016 Gisborne – Vibrant and fruity bouquet with stone fruits and light citrus tones followed by moderate oak with a nut layer then a light toasty spice. On the palate – firm, fruity, fresh and dry on the finish; flavours reflect the bouquet with stone fruit and grapefruit then nutty wood tones, medium acidity, moderate toasty oak and finish; balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2020"
Cameron Douglas MS

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Nice solid vintage for our inaugural Chardonnay from sunny Gisborne! A little bit of dampness creeping in around harvest but nothing too major, enabling us to bring the fruit in when acid and flavor were nicely in balance.

The style intention with this wine has always been a big, bold wine with plenty of Tropical fruit that Gisborne does so well but underpinned with a small amount of oak and Malolactic creaminess.

This wine didn’t see any time in small barrels but we still brought the oak to it…we fermented 75% of it on French oak and put about half the wine through Malolactic fermentation. Lots of time on the yeast lees has also helped the wine gain some lovely soft texture but still retaining fruit and freshness.


  • 4.5 Stars and 90 Points

    Wine Orbit

  • Silver Medal

    International Wine & Spirits Competition

  • Bronze Medal

    New Zealand International Wine Show

  • Bronze Medal

    Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2016

  • Bronze Medal

    International Wine Challenge 2017

  • Recommended & Best Value Buy

    Winestate Magazine

  • 89 Points

    Cameron Douglas MS

  • Silver Medal

    Decanter World Wine Awards 2017