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      Hawke's Bay

      Below are details about the Hawke's Bay wine region of NZ. You can refine your search results by searching any of the links below.

      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 Gamay Noir

      2015 Te Mata Estate 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 rating90
      Region: Hawke's Bay
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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 Gravel Pit Red

      2013 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 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
      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
      2016 Te Mata Estate Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

      2016 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
      2014 Te Mata Estate Elston Chardonnay

      2014 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
      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
      2014 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Chardonnay

      2014 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