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Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay

For a long time, Hawkes Bay, on the relatively sheltered eastern shore of the North Island, was the stellar region for New Zealand wines - for a good reason. This changed with the meteoric rise of Marlborough, but Hawkes Bay has never allowed its standards to slip.

Its general excellence was boosted in the late 20th century by the discovery of the Gimblett Gravels, an area where the stony soils have brought out the best from a wide range of grapes.

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    This award winning Syrah is soft yet complex. Delicate pepper and spice flavours are integrated with cigar-like oak influences. Finely structured with... Read More
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    This is a wonderfully fruity, fragrant Merlot. Garnet colour, with a vibrant hue. Dark plummy notes are to be found on the nose, alongside woody herbs... Read More
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    Intense citrus aromas and flavours are apparent in this full-flavoured and elegant unoaked Chardonnay. Read More
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    An outgoing, aromatic and refreshing wine, packed with gooseberry fruit. What sets this apart is an herbaceous character not common with New Zealand S... Read More
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Vines and Styles

Hawkes Bay built a reputation on the back of its red wines, and with a climate bearing similarities to Bordeaux it is unsurprising that Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have been so successfully grown and blended. More recently, Syrah and Pinot Noir have produced pleasing results.

Climate and Conditions

Everything, except for the occasional spring frost, is ideal for the growing of grapes. There is plenty of summer sunshine, little in the way of autumnal rain and the soil allows good drainage and makes the vines work for their fruit (which leads to an intensity of flavour). The Gimblett Gravels, of which the Gimblett Road is the ultimate area, provide a soil full of stones brought down by the Ngaruroro River and which helpfully reflect the heat of the sun back onto the grapes.

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