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
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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
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 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 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
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 Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Reserve Syrah

2013 Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Reserve Syrah

Appearance: Deep, dense ruby colour. Nose: Rich black fruit aromas, spice and anise. Palate: A very concentrated, dense Syrah with big fruit flavours of blackberry, blackcurrant and plum. It also has savoury flavours, black olive and leather a...

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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
2013 Wild Rock Pania Chardonnay

2013 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
2013 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Chardonnay

2013 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
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
2010 Stonecroft Wines Gewurztraminer

2010 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
2012 Crossroads Hawke's Bay Talisman

2012 Crossroads Hawke's Bay Talisman

This is the top shelf wine from Crossroads made from a 'secret squirrel' blend of red varieties. It's quite a medium-bodied wine, with attractive dark berry and choc-coated plum smells mingling with star anise and soft spice. The palate is spicy f...

Cracka rating90
Region: Hawke's Bay
2012 Crossroads Milestone Series Merlot

2012 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
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
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 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
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 Elston Chardonnay

2012 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