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Hawke's Bay

The first vines in New Zealand were planted in Hawke’s Bay in 1851. As well as being the oldest wine region in New Zealand, Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s second largest region and one that produces a 50/50 split of white and red wines. Vineyards in Hawke’s Bay are mostly family owned and wine tourism has provided a good number of trails that also showcase the region’s Art Deco architecture and artisan producers. Traditional techniques and ethos have helped Hawke’s Bay into an acclaimed position as one of the country’s most prestigious regions with new sub-regions, complex soil compositions and exciting new varieties contributing to their success. The best reds planted in the area are Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with an intense berry/cassis flavour backed with a subtle herbaceous note.

In 2001 the wine producers and winegrowers of the Gimblett Gravels sub-region formed the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association, an association that was able to collectively promote wines from this unique area to the world. The Gimblett Gravels brand is a based on the French concept of terroir, and their classification rules are governed by soil type. Gimblett Gravels was the first district in the New World to give their wine and region this designation. The Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District covers 800ha and is strictly determined by the gravelly soils laid down by the old Ngaruroro River, which were exposed after a huge flood in the 1860s. http://www.winehawkesbay.co.nz/
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  • Trinity Hill

    Trinity Hill

    Hawke's Bay

  • Esk Valley

    Esk Valley

    Hawke's Bay

  • Kim Crawford

    Kim Crawford

    Hawke's Bay

  • Craggy Range

    Craggy Range

    Hawke's Bay

  • Coopers Creek

    Coopers Creek

    Hawke's Bay

  • Te Mata

    Te Mata

    Hawke's Bay

  • Villa Maria

    Villa Maria

    Hawke's Bay

  • Crossroads

    Crossroads

    Hawke's Bay

  • Babich

    Babich

    Hawke's Bay

  • Te Awa

    Te Awa

    Hawke's Bay

  • Vidal

    Vidal

    Hawke's Bay

  • Rod McDonald

    Rod McDonald

    Hawke's Bay

  • Ash Ridge

    Ash Ridge

    Hawke's Bay

Wines from this region

  • Taste
    Floral aromas with bright notes of strawberry, red fruits & spice. Generous mouthfeel & a delicious, smooth finish
    Eat
    Sourdough margherita pizza
    Why
    The best of Hawke's Bay fruit
    Villa Maria, Private Bin, Rosé, 2015

    2015 Villa Maria Private Bin Rosé Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    This is a full bodied wine with a fresh finish. Peach, musk & mandarin, & a grapefruit like acidity
    Eat
    Soft shell crab & spicy dipping sauce
    Why
    Portuguese grape with oily texture
    New Zealand White Wines Esk Valley Verdelho

    2015 Esk Valley Verdelho Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Soft & luscious, richly fruited with hints of watermelon & strawberry
    Eat
    Salad garnished with Pomegranate
    Why
    Fun!
    Kim Crawford, Rosé, 2015

    2015 Kim Crawford Rosé Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Ripe apple & pear compliment soft spice & vanilla. Underlying citrus flows through the palate
    Eat
    Grilled prawns & lemon
    Why
    Aromatic texture
    New Zealand Wine Te Awa Leftfield Pinot Gris

    2014 Te Awa Left Field Pinot Gris Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Deeply coloured black core, opulent & ripe. Black fruits, wild berries & subtle background oak
    Eat
    Grilled beef & sesame
    Why
    Juicy red wine
    Coopers Creek Merlot New Zealand Wine

    2012 Cooper's Creek Merlot Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Black Dorris plums with a backbone of vanilla oak & pepper spices on the nose. Full bodied with expressions of red & black berries with integrated fine tannins leaving a long finish
    Eat
    Venison on the BBQ
    Why
    Best value syrah
    Babich Syrah New Zealand Wine

    2015 Babich Syrah Hawke's Bay

    £16.20
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  • Taste
    Subdued manuka honey & citrus. Minerally driven & extremely complex
    Eat
    Crab, grain salads
    Why
    Chablis styled
    Craggy Range Kidnappers Chardonnay New Zealand

    2012 Craggy Range Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay Hawke's Bay

    £18.10
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  • Taste
    Classic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec & Cabernet Franc. Aromas of red fruits & spice entwined with flavours of plum, blackcurrant & cedar
    Eat
    Grilled meats
    Why
    Approachable tannins
    Vidal Merlot Cabernet New Zealand Wine

    2014 Vidal Red Blend Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Fresh citrus, white flowers & stone fruit. Roast hazelnut, almond & hints of gunflint. Don't drink too cold
    Eat
    Carbonara
    Why
    Creamy richness from short ageing on lees
    New Zealand Wine Chardonnay Trinity Hill

    2014 Trinity Hill Chardonnay Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Blackberry, spice & pepper. Complex as the fruit flavours are held with a good acidity & tannin structure
    Eat
    Casseroles
    Why
    Addition of Viognier adds perfume
    New Zealand Wine Trinity Hill Syrah

    2015 Trinity Hill Syrah Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Fragrant dark berry, spice & floral aromas are balanced together with a textured palate
    Eat
    Succulent, braised Venison
    Why
    Sourced from the best Gimblett Gravels vineyards
    Vidal Reserve Syrah New Zealand Wine

    2014 Vidal Reserve Series Syrah Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Blueberry, red plums & delicate pepper. Indian-spice & supple texture finishing rich with silky tannins & generous length
    Eat
    Venison, blueberry jus
    Why
    Fun fun fun
    Villa Maria Cellar Selection Syrah New Zealand Wine

    2014 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Syrah Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Violet, white pepper & thyme float across a full & rounded palate. Balanced tannins & seductive nature
    Eat
    Steak
    Why
    Rod, a Hawke's Bay genius
    Rod McDonald Te Awanga Syrah New Zealand Wine

    2013 Rod McDonald Te Awanga Syrah Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Dry, rich & smothered in black fruits. Wonderful liquorice spice & chocolate undertones
    Eat
    Spiced red meat curry
    Why
    Unusually not a grape commonly associated with NZ
    Te Awa Leftfield Malbec New Zealand Wine

    2014 Te Awa Left Field Malbec Hawke's Bay

    £18.90
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  • Taste
    Complex citrus blossom, fresh toast & a hint of gun smoke on the nose. Richly textured peach, nectarine, lemon & toasty oak. Long fresh finish
    Eat
    Creamy chicken pie
    Why
    Value, need we say more
    Crossroads Chardonnay New Zealand Wine

    2014 Crossroads Milestone Series Chardonnay Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    The leather & plum aromas of the Merlot grape combine with spice & red fruit characters of Tempranillo & Malbec. Richness & soft, ripe tannins make a sophisticated & intriguing wine
    Eat
    T-Bone Steak
    Why
    Highlights NZ ability to produce Bordeaux blends
    Trinity Hill The Trinity Red Blend New Zealand Wine

    2014 Trinity Hill The Trinity Red Blend Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec & Cabernet Franc blend. Vibrant deep purple with fresh aromatics of dark cherry, plum & dried herbs. Lithe, balanced acidity, rich tannin & sweet fruited core
    Eat
    Rich pork ragù
    Why
    Best value Bordeaux blend produced in NZ
    Craggy Range New Zealand Wine Te Kahu

    2013 Craggy Range Te Kahu Red Blend Hawke's Bay

    £19.50
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  • Taste
    Delicate raspberry & blackcurrant playfully mingle with liquorice & cardamom. Soft pepper spice supports plum & cocoa characters
    Eat
    Grilled lamb racks
    Why
    Fine & fresh
    New Zealand Wine Te Awa Syrah

    2011 Te Awa Syrah Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Vivid crimson, dark roses, cherry liqueur, crushed raspberry & wild strawberry. Refreshingly ripe & juicy
    Eat
    Fruity Tagine
    Why
    An absolute fruit bomb
    Te Mata Gamay Noir Pinot Noir New Zealand Wine

    2015 Te Mata Gamay Noir Hawke's Bay

    £20.70
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  • Taste
    Prevalent flavours of peach & nectarine with a citrus undertone. Rich mouthfeel & elegant, integrated oak
    Eat
    Chicken Pie
    Why
    Approachable
    Ash Ridge Chardonnay New Zealand wine

    2015 Ash Ridge Estate Chardonnay Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Tightly bound black fruit notes on the nose. The palate is weighted with plum & slightly spicy flavours. Savoury notes add interest, finely balanced tannins & good complexity
    Eat
    Smoked duck salad
    Why
    Quaffable.
    Ash Ridge Merlot New Zealand Wine

    2015 Ash Ridge Estate Merlot Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Medium bodied with dark red fruits, chocolate & savoury tones. Subtle spice & vanilla with soft supple tannins
    Eat
    Moroccan
    Why
    Supple gorgeousness
    Alpha Domus Syrah New Zealand Wine

    2013 Alpha Domus The Barnstormer Syrah Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Aromas of blackcurrant & blackberries with pepper & subtle savoury notes
    Eat
    Grilled eggplant
    Why
    Silkiness
    Ash Ridge Syrah New Zealand Wine

    2014 Ash Ridge Estate Syrah Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Fresh cherry, floral honeysuckle, lavender notes & black pepper. Silky texture with vibrant blueberry fruit, charcoal & flint
    Eat
    NZ Venison
    Why
    Gimblett Gravels
    New Zealand Wines Craggy Range Syrah

    2013 Craggy Range Syrah Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Bold dark fruits on the nose integrate with a hint of chocolate. Mouth filling tannin structure with dark & juicy fruit flavour & a hint of spice
    Eat
    Dark chocolate
    Why
    How many 100% Malbec's do you see?
    Ash Ridge Malbec New Zealand Wine

    2015 Ash Ridge Premium Malbec Hawke's Bay

    £23.90
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  • Taste
    Attractive brambly, blackberry-like ripe fruits, spicy & exotic complexity. Rich & textural, salivating soft tannins
    Eat
    Red meat, liqourice jus
    Why
    A traditional Spanish varietal
    Trinity Hill Tempranillo New Zealand Wine

    2015 Trinity Hill Tempranillo Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Enticing layers of toasted almonds & freshly baked brioche. Lifted hints of honeysuckle, nectarine & grapefruit
    Eat
    Panko crumbed baby squid
    Why
    Signature Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc “The best we’ve ever made”
    Te Mata Cape Crest New Zealand Wine

    2013 Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Aromatic layers of black plum, cassis, roasted coffee bean & dried thyme. The palate is soft yet concentrated with an integration of oak
    Eat
    Beef steak pie
    Why
    Hawke’s Bay Goodness
    Villa Maria, Gimblett Gravels, Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, 2012

    2013 Villa Maria Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Deeply coloured, fragrant red plum, berry fruit & violet aromas with subtle oak. Intriguing spice & blackberry fruit notes
    Eat
    Peppered steak
    Why
    NZ's oldest family winery
    Villa Maria Gimblett Gravels Reserve Merlot New Zealand Wine

    2013 Villa Maria Reserve Merlot Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Enticing aromas of turkish delight, lemon honey, marzipan & jasmine unfold in moreish layers of lychee & apricot. The soft cream notes add weight leading to a delicate, refreshing finish
    Eat
    Asian-style dishes
    Why
    Great substitute for Chardonnay
    New Zealand Viognier

    2015 Te Mata Zara Viognier Hawke's Bay

    £26.40
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  • Taste
    Pungent citrus blossom, fresh apricot & jasmine. Rich, full & silky texture is the endearing feature
    Eat
    Asian-style dishes
    Why
    Great substitute for Chardonnay
    Trinity Hill Marsanne/Viognier New Zealand Wine

    2015 Trinity Hill Marsanne/Viognier White Blend Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Classic Cabernet Franc, blackcurrant & blackberry supported by warm spicy oak. Full, fine silky tannins that persist into an elegant finish
    Eat
    Croquettes & seasonal vege
    Why
    Quaffable
    Crossroads Cabernet France New Zealand Wine

    2012 Crossroads Winemakers Collection Cabernet Franc Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Perfumed citrus blossom & oatmeal on the nose, whilst creamy, rich stone fruit characteristics fill the palate
    Eat
    Potato & leek soup
    Why
    Epitomises the best qualities of Elston; finesse, richness, texture, purity & length
    Te Mata, Elston, Chardonnay, 2013

    2013 Te Mata Elston Chardonnay Hawke's Bay

    £33.90
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  • Taste
    Fine & elegant styled Chardonnay. Citrus, flint & roasted nut aromas combine into a seamless palate. Balanced, complex & textured
    Eat
    Creamy pasta with jamon
    Why
    Balanced elegance in a glass
    Vidal Legacy Chardonnay New Zealand Wine

    2014 Vidal Legacy Chardonnay Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Lifted aromatics of dark berries, cassis, cocoa & wooden spices. Firm fine tannins provide elegance & great length
    Eat
    Lamb, beef ragu
    Why
    Cellar for 15 - 20 years
    New Zealand Wine Craggy Range Sophia

    2011 Craggy Range Sophia Red Blend Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Beautifully ripened blackberries & black plums. Vibrant, succulent & fully structured with aromatic freshness & vitality
    Eat
    Grilled lamb with garlic and rosemary.
    Why
    NZ's Margaux, from an incredible vintage
    Te Mata Coleraine Hawke's Bay New Zealand Wine

    2014 Te Mata Coleraine Red Blend Hawke's Bay

    £59.00
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  • Taste
    Aromas of boysenberry bound together with herbaceous spices. Concentrated, rich, dark fruits structured by fine tannins & acidity. Cellar 10 yrs
    Eat
    Venison, lamb
    Why
    The Hawke's Bay vintage of a generation
    Craggy Range Le Sol New Zealand Wine

    2010 Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah Hawke's Bay

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  • Taste
    Powerful, elegant & fragrant. Blackberry & cassis. Liquorice, black pepper & spice. Concentrated elegance
    Eat
    Moroccan Lamb
    Why
    Homage pays tribute a Rhone Valley iconic figure: Gerard Jaboulet
    Trinity Hill Homage Syrah New Zealand Wine

    2010 Trinity Hill Homage Syrah Hawke's Bay

    £99.00
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