Hawke's Bay

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Hawke's Bay
Latitude
Altitude
25 - 300 m
Growing Season Rainfall
340 mm
Mean January Temperature
18.9°C
Harvest
Mid - March to late April
Wineries
19
Website
Cracka Rating 0

About Hawke's Bay

Nestled on the central east coast of the North Island, Hawkes Bay is NZ’s second largest and most diverse wine region. It has a viticultural history, stretching back over 150 years; that has seen it evolve into one of the world's most exciting red wine regions. In recent years, Hawkes Bay has become particularly renown for its Syrah and Bordeaux blends. Containing the sub regions of Bay View, Taradale, Meanee, North Havelock, Hastings and Ngatarawa; Hawkes Bay sits on the same parallel as Madrid in Spain. It experiences a varied climate ranging from cooler, coastal influences through to warm, temperate areas. There are approximately 70 vineyards in Hawkes Bay, with the largest concentration on the Alluvial Plains in the Taradale and Meanee regions. This area also contains the highly regarded Gimblett Gravels that produce some of the cult wines of New Zealand, such as the Trinity Hill ‘Homage’ and Craggy Range ‘Le Sol’. Around 80% of Hawkes Bay’s vineyards are planted to red varietals. However, they do grow Chardonnay in the coastal areas, as well as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir in the cooler central districts. There are a staggering 25 soil classifications in the region, ranging from the stoney, gravelly soils of the Gimblett Gravels through to shallow limestone and sandy clay loams. The wine styles of Hawkes Bay are some of the sexiest in New Zealand. They romance you with ripe, complex Bordeaux-esk Cabernet dominant wines, and then seduce you with their Rhoney, black pepper, elegant Syrah and citrus, stone fruit, complex Chardonnay. Watch Stuart MacGill uncork Hawkes Bay

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2013 Matua Valley Hawkes Bay Merlot

2013 Matua Valley Hawkes Bay Merlot

Hawkes Bay is producing some lovely red wines, and this merlot from Matua is at the right price if you want to dip your toe in the Hawkes Bay waters. It's a fruity, easy going style of wine - just like the New Zealanders themselves - and shows buc...

Cracka rating80
Region: Hawke's Bay
2014 Te Mata Estate Vineyard Gamay Noir

2014 Te Mata Estate Vineyard Gamay Noir

Te Mata is one of the cult wineries of New Zealand, and this is a great intro to the quality of the range. Made from gamay, a cousin to Pinot Noir that is used to make Beaujolais; it’s a poised, fruit-driven wine that shows an abundance of red ras...

Cracka rating80
Region: Hawke's Bay
2011 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Syrah

2011 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Syrah

From a cracking vintage in NZ comes this striking syrah. The nose is so fragrant it could be turned into a perfume - maybe it could be called 'Eau de Craggy Range'. Bucket loads of florals, cherries and spicy aromas rise from the glass, together w...

Cracka rating100
Region: Hawke's Bay
2010 Stonecroft Wines Reserve Syrah

2010 Stonecroft Wines Reserve Syrah

This syrah (shiraz) is the 'shiznitz' for Stonecroft. It's the top of the mountain, the crest of a wave, and it's serious stuff! It's incredibly densely fruited exhibiting fleshy black fruits, bucket loads of black pepper, and hints of earthiness ...

Cracka rating90
Region: Hawke's Bay
2012 Te Mata Estate Bullnose Syrah

2012 Te Mata Estate Bullnose Syrah

This cracking syrah (shiraz) from Te Mata is just the sort of wine to splash out on if you want to spoil yourself a little. It's quite a medium-bodied style (13% alcohol), and shows lots of pepper spice, red fruits and vanilla on the nose. The pal...

Cracka rating90
Region: Hawke's Bay
2013 Crossroads Milestone Series Gewurztraminer

2013 Crossroads Milestone Series Gewurztraminer

Gewurtz is something the New Zealanders do pretty well, and this one is a richer, off-dry style that would be great with Asian-influenced dishes. Scents of lychees, musk sticks, spices and florals swirl out of the glass, whilst the palate is fulso...

Cracka rating90
Region: Hawke's Bay
2012 Crossroads Winemakers Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

2012 Crossroads Winemakers Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Cabernet-dominant wines are what Hawkes Bay is good at, and this one from Crossroads certainly ticks all the boxes. Medium-bodied in style, smells of dark berries, ripe plums and hints of spicy oak rise from the glass, whilst the palate is elegant...

Cracka rating80
Region: Hawke's Bay
2012 Te Mata Estate Vineyards Syrah

2012 Te Mata Estate Vineyards Syrah

The Woodthorpe vineyard has had quite a history. It went from a military camp to a staging post back in the day, before becoming a racetrack for over 50-years in the late 1800s to early 1900s. The only racing that happens now is the race to pour a...

Cracka rating80
Region: Hawke's Bay
2013 Stonecroft Wines Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Stonecroft Wines Sauvignon Blanc

Stonecroft are one of the original pioneers of the famous Gimblett Gravels region in Hawke's Bay, famous for some seriously intense wines from the areas oldest vines. In turn, this is a textural and clever Savvy with barrel fermentation and more t...

Cracka rating90
Region: Hawke's Bay
2010 Te Awa Left Field Chardonnay

2010 Te Awa Left Field Chardonnay

Nothing left field about our love of Chardonnay, in fact these days if you are not drinking Chardy you may well be considered left field. It’s from Hawkes Bay in New Zealand and demonstrates that Kiwi Chardonnay is on the rise after a decade of Sa...

Cracka rating90
Region: Hawke's Bay
2010 Te Awa Sauvignon Semillon

2010 Te Awa Sauvignon Semillon

Sem sav blends are awesome seafood wines, and this one out of New Zealand would be great with some poached shellfish. Aromas of lemon citrus, honeysuckle florals and a touch of celery decorate the nose, whilst the palate is ligher-bodied, dry and ...

Cracka rating80
Region: Hawke's Bay
2013 Crossroads Milestone Series Chardonnay

2013 Crossroads Milestone Series Chardonnay

Here we have a fuller style of chardonnay that has seen some creamy lees and moderate oak. Smells of yellow peaches, citrus, dairy and funky smokiness decorate the nose, whilst the palate is medium-bodied and quite luscious, with those stone fruit...

Cracka rating80
Region: Hawke's Bay
2013 Crossroads Milestone Series Merlot

2013 Crossroads Milestone Series Merlot

Hailing from Hawkes Bay, this is quite a rich, fuller style of merlot that shows lots of ripe plums and subtle florals, with whiffs of toasty oak and a sprinkle of dried herbs. The palate is rich, fleshy and fine, with a nice juicy core of dark fr...

Cracka rating70
Region: Hawke's Bay
2012 Stonecroft Wines Serine Syrah

2012 Stonecroft Wines Serine Syrah

Scents of earthy spices and black cherries and berries ascend from the glass and tackle the nose hairs, whilst the palate is full-bodied, deep and sumptuous with pepper spice, red and black fruits, and a touch of deli-meat savouriness. It's all su...

Cracka rating90
Region: Hawke's Bay
2012 Te Awa Left Field Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Te Awa Left Field Sauvignon Blanc

There is loads of not so good Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc sloshing around these days meaning you have to go back to the real deal from the likes of Te Awa to find out what all the fuss was all about. Pungent gooseberry fruit, with some fresh cut g...

Cracka rating80
Region: Hawke's Bay
2011 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Merlot

2011 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Merlot

Anyone who thinks merlot is soft and boring, think again. Here is a serious Merlot that will turn you sideways (pun intended) and change your mind. This dark, youthful wine is unapologetically in your face with ripe plums, spiced berries and mocha...

Cracka rating80
Region: Hawke's Bay
2013 Te Mata Estate Vineyards Chardonnay

2013 Te Mata Estate Vineyards Chardonnay

This is about as entry level as it gets for top NZ producer Te Mata, which is great as it will give you an idea as to whether you want to progress up the price scale to their top echelon wines. This 2012 offering is a tasty little chardy that show...

Cracka rating80
Region: Hawke's Bay
2014 Wild Rock Infamous Goose Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Wild Rock Infamous Goose Sauvignon Blanc

When you are looking for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to get the juices flowing, the best bet is to go with a trusted name. And there are few more trusted names in Marlborough then Craggy Range, Wild Rock being their second label. Just what the doc...

Cracka rating70
Region: Hawke's Bay
2009 Matua Valley Matheson Malbec

2009 Matua Valley Matheson Malbec

Hailing from a single vineyard in Hawkes Bay, this is a malbec at the more graceful end of the scale. Sporting an alcohol of 14%, it shows lots of luscious, sweet, dark and blue berries on the nose, along with a decent whiff of charred oak and gro...

Cracka rating90
Region: Hawke's Bay
2009 Te Awa Cabernet Merlot

2009 Te Awa Cabernet Merlot

Here we have a dense, darkly-fruited style of merlot out of EnZed that has a bit of substance to it. Dark plums, cherries, mocha and subtle dried herbs jump out of the glass and onto the fuller-bodied palate, which is quite rich and a touch earthy...

Cracka rating80
Region: Hawke's Bay