New Zealand, Hawkes Bay

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the south Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.
New Zealand’s second largest wine region (behind Marlborough), Hawkes Bay is on the east coast of the north island, to the south of Gisborne, and is New Zealand’s leading wine and food tourism destination. Many of the finest wines come out of the Hawkes Bay wine region.

A temperate climate with lots of sun is suited to superb Chardonnays in the whites and also later ripening red varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc (Bordeaux varietals) and Syrah.

A very special sub region in the Hawkes Bay region is the Gimblett Gravels. This sub region was thought to be not even good enough to graze sheep on, but in 1981 was planted under vine and now represents some of the world’s finest full bodied red wines. The unique terroir of the Gimblett Gravels comes from the old Ngaruroro River which until flowed through what is now known as the Gimblett Gravels, dumping gravel and heavy sands. The earthquake of 1931 changed the course of the river, leaving bare 800 hectares of prime new world terroir. Being 15km inland it doesn’t get the cooling sea breezes, so the region can get much hotter than the rest of Hawkes Bay.
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  1. Giesen Chardonnay 2018
    Giesen's Estate Chardonnay is wine that's very approachable in youth and suitable for any occasion. The fruit is sourced from a premium Hawke’s Bay vineyard, producing a Chardonnay with good fruit intensity and a touch of complexity through lees ... Learn More
  2. Kindred Spirits Pinot Noir 2014
    The Kindred Spirits Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir is sourced from the maritime Te Awanga sub-region of Hawkes Bay from a 12 year old vineyard. A lifted and expressive nose with an array of red cherry, wild forest and almost gamey aromas. ... Learn More
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  3. Te Mata Estate Gamay Noir 2020
    Utterly delicious. A wine bursting with crushed red-berry characters. Candy-apple crimson with a lifted confectionery nose of wild strawberries. Shows ripe, juicy cherry and cranberry on the palate, with just a hint of cinnamon and liquorice. As picnic-perfect as berries ... Learn More
  4. Te Mata Estate Gamay Noir 2019
    Utterly delicious. A wine bursting with crushed red-berry characters. Candy-apple crimson with a lifted confectionery nose of wild strawberries. Shows ripe, juicy cherry and cranberry on the palate, with just a hint of cinnamon and liquorice. As picnic-perfect as berries ... Learn More
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  5. Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Te Kahu Bordeaux Blend 2017
    66% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc. Vibrant deep garnet colour. Inviting aromas of cassis, ripe plum, rosemary, and cedar meld together. A lovely richness of fruit warms the palate with youthful finely textured dusty tannins carrying the wine long to a ... Learn More
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  6. Ash Ridge 'Premium' Chardonnay 2016
    A complex & structured nod to the "old school" Chardonnay. A full, toasty nose, with generous amounts of yellow stone fruits, orange and a little struck match. Vibrant citrus, grapefruit, peach and nectarine flavours, with rich, leesy texture. Fresh acidity with ... Learn More
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  7. Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Pale lemon with flecks of lime-green, Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc ’18 overflows with tropical fruit and rich, succulent acidity. Aromatic notes of fresh lime, gooseberry, lychee and pineapple, give way on the palate to juicy pear, ripe grapefruit, citrus blossom and ... Learn More
  8. Te Mata Estate 'Awatea' Cabernet Merlot 2017
    Closed with a natural cork that will allow Awatea to continue to evolve in bottle and provide great enjoyment up to 10 years from harvest. Swirls around lush aromas of blackberry, blueberry and bay leaf. A sumptuous core of ripe, dark ... Learn More
  9. Te Mata Estate Bullnose Syrah 2014
    "Here's a Shiraz that follows along the lines of it's Cabernet stablemates: full bodied, dense, dark flavour that is carried aloft on a perfectly pitched backbone of acid and tannin. It is ripe, floral, peppery and spicy and is destined ... Learn More
  10. Te Mata 'Bullnose' Syrah 2018
    Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognised wines exclusively from its Hawkes Bay vineyards. ... Learn More
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  11. Te Mata 'Bullnose' Syrah 2016
    Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognised wines exclusively from its Hawkes Bay vineyards. ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  12. Te Mata Estate 'Coleraine' 2018
    With an exceptionally warm, classic, long summer - Vintage 2018 gave us an explosion of flavour and colour! Continued sunshine gave us the chance to keep ripening our reds right through until 20 April. The reds have incredibly deep colours and ripe, ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  13. Te Mata Estate 'Coleraine' 2016
    Coleraine is New Zealand’s most famous red wine - rivals the very best wines from Bordeaux, France. The final blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Brilliant magenta, Coleraine ’16 entices with concentrated rose syrup, fresh, fragrant raspberry, wild ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  14. Craggy Range 'Le Sol' Syrah 2018
    Gimblett Gravels encompasses a centuries old dry river bed in Hawkes Bay that is believed to be the first in the New World where the ultimate boundary is defined by a distinct soil type. The vines are planted in the ... Learn More
  15. Te Mata Estate 'Coleraine' 2017
    The final blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Coleraine derives its name from the Coleraine vineyard, home of John and Wendy Buck of Te Mata Estate. John’s late grandfather was born in Coleraine in Northern Ireland and ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  16. Craggy Range 'Le Sol' Syrah 2015
    Gimblett Gravels encompasses a centuries old dry river bed in Hawkes Bay that is believed to be the first in the New World where the ultimate boundary is defined by a distinct soil type. The vines are planted in the ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  17. Te Mata Estate 'Coleraine' 2016 (Magnum)
    Coleraine is New Zealand’s most famous red wine - rivals the very best wines from Bordeaux, France. The final blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Brilliant magenta, Coleraine ’16 entices with concentrated rose syrup, fresh, fragrant raspberry, wild ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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