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      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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      2015 Te Mata Estate Vineyards Chardonnay

      2015 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
      2016 Te Mata Estate Vineyard Gamay Noir

      2016 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
      2014 Te Mata Estate Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc

      2014 Te Mata Estate Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc

      Since 1984, Cape Crest has developed an international following for its unique expression of New Zealand sauvignon blanc. Barrel fermented, with a touch of semillon and sauvignon gris, it is concentrated and complex with toast, citrus blossom, pea...

      Cracka rating0
      Region: Hawke's Bay
      2014 Wild Rock Pania Chardonnay

      2014 Wild Rock Pania Chardonnay

      This wild NZ interloper is a trick-free chardonnay. There's nothing too fancy, just pure fruit with only a small amount of oak. Vibrant, ripe orchard fruits adorn the nose, with just a smidgen of florals, before the palate lets rip with a creamy m...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Hawke's Bay
      2014 Craggy Range Sophia Cabernet Blend

      2014 Craggy Range Sophia Cabernet Blend

      Darkest red. Brooding aromatically with blackcurrant, blackberry, dried red rose and cedar notes emerging. The wine exerts elegance across the palate with a pure red /black fruit core drawn long by layers of fine grained tannins. Variety: 61% M...

      Cracka rating0
      Region: Hawke's Bay
      2015 Te Mata Estate Elston Chardonnay

      2015 Te Mata Estate Elston Chardonnay

      The wines from Te Mata Estate are pretty much in the cult category, and this Elston Chardonnay is a little wonder. It's not what you would call immediately fruity, but it certainly builds on the palate, and in the glass, over time. There are appea...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Hawke's Bay
      2013 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Merlot

      2013 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 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Syrah

      2013 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
      2015 Crossroads Winemakers Collection Chardonnay

      2015 Crossroads Winemakers Collection Chardonnay

      Hailing from Hawke's Bay, this bonny little Chardy is full of stone fruit and creamy goodness. Peaches, lemons, nuttiness and toasted vanilla decorate the nose, whilst the palate is more medium-bodied and rich in flavour, with a creamy mouthfeel a...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: Hawke's Bay
      2016 Craggy Range Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc

      2016 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
      2015 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Chardonnay

      2015 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Chardonnay

      This elegant, richly fruited wine comes from a single vineyard spot on the famed Gimblett Gravels in Hawke's Bay. She's the 'It girl' of Chardonnay with lots of stone fruits, melon and florals with a lick of nuttiness. The palate is tight, dry and...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Hawke's Bay
      2014 Te Mata Estate Vineyards Syrah

      2014 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
      2014 Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah

      2014 Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah

      Deepest red with vibrant purple hue. Expressive cool climate Syrah with lifted notes of violets, fresh boysenberries, sandalwood and a hint of dried, peppered meat. The palate has a dense core of dark fruits beautifully integrated by acidity and f...

      Cracka rating0
      Region: Hawke's Bay
      2013 Crossroads Milestone Series Syrah

      2013 Crossroads Milestone Series Syrah

      This is an amazingly smooth Syrah 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
      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
      2014 Craggy Range Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc

      2014 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
      2014 Stonecroft Wines Chardonnay

      2014 Stonecroft Wines Chardonnay

      This little chardy comes from a cool but awesome year in NZ. It's an elegant, less-oaked version of chardonnay that shows white stone fruits and slight toastiness on the nose. The palate is quite graceful and citrusy, with peachy fruit coming thro...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Hawke's Bay
      2014 Stonecroft Wines Gewurztraminer

      2014 Stonecroft Wines Gewurztraminer

      Gewurtztraminer is like the spicy, sultry cousin of riesling. And that's exactly what this wine is. It's a saucy little minx that smells of a Thai restaurant with all its ginger spice and tropical allure. The palate is elegantly sexy with a fruity...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Hawke's Bay
      2014 Stonecroft Wines Sauvignon Blanc

      2014 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
      2014 Vidal White Series Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvigno

      2014 Vidal White Series Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvigno

      Here we have another well priced, highly sippable wine from EnZed producer Vidal. It's a soft, smooth, slinky drink that shows juicy plums and red berries on the nose and palate, along with some licks of cedar and cinnamon spice. Gentle tannins an...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Hawke's Bay