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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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      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
      2010 Te Awa Left Field Chardonnay

      2010 Te Awa Left Field Chardonnay

      Nothing left field about our love of Chardonnay, in fact these days if you are not drinking Chardy you may well be considered left field. It’s from Hawkes Bay in New Zealand and demonstrates that Kiwi Chardonnay is on the rise after a decade of Sa...

      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
      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 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
      2013 Te Mata Estate Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc

      2013 Te Mata Estate Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc

      This classy savvy from a top notch NZ winery, is in the rich and exotic vein. Attractive pears and citrus lime leap out of the glass, and due to a cheeky touch of barrel fermentation, a nice whisper of toast comes to the party before ending in a l...

      Cracka rating100
      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
      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 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
      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
      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
      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
      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