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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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      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 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 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...

      Cracka rating0
      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 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 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
      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
      2013 Crossroads Milestone Series Pinot Gris

      2013 Crossroads Milestone Series Pinot Gris

      This pinot gris from Crossroads is a very rich, generous mouthful of wine that would be the bomb with some pork loin or grilled white fish. Aromas of poached pears and cream adorn the nose, along with hints of melons and stone fruits. The palate i...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Hawke's Bay
      2013 Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah

      2013 Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah

      Hailing from a single vineyard in the famed Gimlett Gravels sub-region of Hawkes Bay, this shiraz would be the perfect companion for game meats or spicy lamb chops. There's lots of dark fruits and exotic spices on the nose, along with some appeali...

      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
      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
      2014 Crossroads Milestone Series Chardonnay

      2014 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
      2012 Crossroads Winemakers Collection Chardonnay

      2012 Crossroads Winemakers Collection Chardonnay

      Hailing from Hawkes 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 an...

      Cracka rating90
      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
      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