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
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
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
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 Awa Left Field Merlot

2010 Te Awa Left Field Merlot

Those Kiwis are a feisty lot. First they smash us on Sauvignon Blanc, then Pinot Noir, now Merlot – where will it all end? With the gravel soils of Hawkes Bay, this is a plump medium weight Merlot but with loads of interest – dried herbs, a little...

Cracka rating80
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
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
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 Wild Rock Gravel Pit Red

2012 Wild Rock Gravel Pit Red

A Gravel Pit eh? Sounds like an odd place for a vineyard. Though gravels are actually good for grapes, because they make them work hard. And hardworking grapes generally make for much more serious wines. This particular savoury red has savoury, br...

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
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
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 Old Vine Gewurztraminer

2014 Stonecroft Wines Old Vine Gewurztraminer

Here's a luscious little gewurz that has a 'feel good' factor. Like most of Stonecroft's vineyards, it is treated organically, and it won't be long before they have a certificate to prove it! This wine is quite a ripe version of gewurz that shows ...

Cracka rating70
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 Te Mata Estate Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

2014 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
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