Nose/Aroma - White peaches and honeysuckle.
Palate/Flavors - Bright citrus and tropical fruit, lime and lychee. Fruit spice combined with a bit of oak. Nice linear structure provided by crisp acid and minerality that is complimented by a bit of weight in the mid-palate by a touch of oak. Very balanced, flavors meld together well.
Style - Reminisent of Chablis, very lean and crisp.
Food Pairing - This is a great food wine, it would pair well with a wide variety of dishes. Paua and pareto fritters with cream sauce on chiabatta bread was beautiful (paua is an abalone and pareto is a seaweed species unique to New Zealand).
Comments - Has an inherent fruit sweetness and spice that can't be attributed to residual sugar or barrels, which seems typical with good Chardonnay in Gisborne. Using less oak has benefited this wine greatly, allowing it to showcase Riverpoint well. Good quality wine, good value. A bit austere, would cellar well for a couple of years, but drinking well now.