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 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
2010 Craggy Range Calvert Vineyard Pinor Noir

2010 Craggy Range Calvert Vineyard Pinor Noir

Hailing from a biodynamic single vineyard in Central Otago, this wine doesn't only taste great, it also has a 'feel good' factor. It's powerful, youthful and carries itself in an elegant pose showing dark fruits, dried thyme and a touch of spice o...

Cracka rating100
Region: Hawke's Bay
2010 Te Mata Estate Coleraine Cabernet Franc Merlot

2010 Te Mata Estate Coleraine Cabernet Franc Merlot

This is the top dog wine from Te Mata. It's a cabernet blend modelled on the wines of Bordeaux, and it could certainly give a few of the top Bordeaux reds a run for their money! It's medium to fuller-bodied in style, and shows ripe dark berries, v...

Cracka rating100
Region: Hawke's Bay
2012 Crossroads Milestone Series Syrah

2012 Crossroads Milestone Series Syrah

This is an amazingly smooth shiraz for something of its youth that would go down well with what else but roast lamb! Spiced cherries and dark berries leap out of the glass, together with whiffs of black pepper and savouriness. The palate is medium...

Cracka rating80
Region: Hawke's Bay
2011 Te Awa Chardonnay

2011 Te Awa Chardonnay

Made with the same approach as the Reserve wine, the differences in this wine result from some tank fermentation as well as a selection of different barrels and fruit parcels than those used to make the Reserve Chardonnay. The wine has lemon ze...

Cracka rating90
Region: Hawke's Bay
2012 Craggy Range Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay

2012 Craggy Range Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay

This rather cool and vibrant wine is another single vineyard offering from top NZ producers, Craggy Range. Made in the more parred back, far less oaky style, This zesty, zippy number is citrusy, creamy and nutty on the nose, and this carries throu...

Cracka rating80
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
2013 Craggy Range Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Craggy Range Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc

Here is a another single vineyard wine from Craggy Range. This rather elegant savvy is from the very posh, and highly regarded, Martinborough region. It has lovely aromatics of herbs, stone fruits and limes, and on the palate it is quite tropical ...

Cracka rating80
Region: Hawke's Bay
2013 Stonecroft Wines Ruhanui Merlot Cabernet

2013 Stonecroft Wines Ruhanui Merlot Cabernet

Now, don’t come any of that 'Sideways' rubbish of I'm not drinking #$%* merlot! Yes you are, and here is a good place to ease yourself into it, because it's got 40% cab sav, too. It's deep and full-bodied, displaying fragrant, plummy fruits on the...

Cracka rating80
Region: Hawke's Bay
2012 Matua Valley First Frost Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Matua Valley First Frost Sauvignon Blanc

For those of you watching your waistline, here is another option for you in the low alcohol, low calorie stakes. Weighing in at a svelte 9% alcohol, this is a crisp and crunchy number that shows lots of delicate passionfruit, guava and apples on t...

Cracka rating70
Region: Hawke's Bay
2012 Crossroads Winemakers Collection Cabernet Franc

2012 Crossroads Winemakers Collection Cabernet Franc

Here we have a single vineyard cab franc out of Hawkes Bay that is medium-bodied in style, with appealing smells of dark fruits, crushed leaves and toasted spices - thanks to some generous oak. The palate is quite rich and plush, with a good core ...

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

2013 Te Mata Estate Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

Here we have a savvy out of NZ that is a real live wire! Lighter-bodied and crunchy in style, there's a truck load of tropical fruits on the nose in the guava, passionfruit and gooseberry vein, along with citrus and a touch of grassiness. The pala...

Cracka rating80
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
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
2013 Crossroads Milestone Series Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Crossroads Milestone Series Sauvignon Blanc

Here's a bonny little savvy out of EnZed that has seen a touch of oak for that added bit of intrigue. Tropical smells of passionfruit, stone fruits, pineapples and guava lift from the glass, along with a hint of funky smoky savouriness. The palate...

Cracka rating80
Region: Hawke's Bay