Ash Ridge Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Ash Ridge Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016 $50 Unfined, unfiltered and absolutely elegance wine-onified. Perfumed with peppercorn, bay leaf, bright violets and plum blossom, the palate of this new release by winemaker Lauren Swift shows deeply savoury characters, leather-slapped, game meat and mocha notes. Fresh acidity and fanging length of flavour. It’s a syrah that’ll […]

Hawkes Ridge Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2014

Hawkes Ridge Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2014 $25 Incredibly golden and glossy in the glass, this viognier is soon-to-be-released and once it’s out there, by hokey New Zealand, it’s in the bag!  Or should I say, “in the cellar”, because it’s gloriously gulpable.  Think rich apricot, musky florals, sweet citrus concentration and some botrytis influence adds […]

Petane Station Hau Hau Block Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

Petane Station Hau Hau Block Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018 $27 This tiny estate located out Eskdale-way, manages to turn out pinot gris that’s consistently mammoth in the personality-stakes. With its new vintage offering a creamy, apple pie and cashew character on the nose, followed by a poached quince and roast pear punch on the […]

Askerne Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2018

Askerne Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2018 $22 High up on the Tuki Tuki terraces overlooking the river valley of the same name lies Kathryn and John Laughlin’s viognier vineyard. In addition to being a rather lovely thing to look at, it’s a spot that produces knee-slappingly lovely things to sip on. This new vintage hits that […]

Hawkes Ridge Hawke’s Bay Reserve Tempranillo 2016

Hawkes Ridge Hawke’s Bay Reserve Tempranillo 2016 $35 From the dusty, dry terraces left from the flow of the Ngaruroro River, comes this savoury, meaty, spicy wine.  Fleshy and fruit-forward, it’s a dry, prune and pepper-laced wine that tastes like it was made 10 years ago.  The alcohol is a hefty 14.5% which gives it […]

Squawking Magpie The Chatterer Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018

Squawking Magpie The Chatterer Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2018 $19.95 This is one of my sure-fire, never-fail, no-hold-barred, people pleasing pinot gris choices.  There’s a ripeness and robustness in the Squawking Magpie style that promotes a pear, quince and quick-fix of spiced apple awesome into every sip.  It’s crisp, clean, cranking with honeysuckle and heaving […]

Hancock & Sons Lillies Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2018

Hancock & Sons LilliesHawke’s Bay Rosé 2018 $22.50 With its pale as palest rose gold colour, this rosé, named after the ship that bought John Hancock’s great-great-grandparents from Cornwall to South Australia, is quite possibly the prettiest thing I’ve poured all week!  From starting out his career in N at Delegat’s in the 1970’s, to […]

Te Aro Wine Co Toil and Trouble Hawke’s Bay Pét Nat 2018

Te Aro Wine Co Toil and Trouble Hawke’s Bay Pét Nat 2018 $27.50 Created by Jules Van Costello (owner of Cult Wines and Te Aro Wines)  from sauvignon blanc sourced from the Bridge Pa sub-region (with a teensy splash of Marlborough sauvignon blanc to kickstart the ferment, this is a hyper fizzy, crown-sealed firecracker to […]

Cypress Terraces Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014

Cypress Terraces Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014 $42  Mel and Gus Lawson knew their terraced hillside vineyard would produce some of the most sensational syrah in the region, I’d say they could feel it in their waters, but truth be told, water is not something they see much of and the vines border on dehydration and […]

Waiana Estate Indian Summer Private Blend Hawke’s Bay Rosé

Waiana Estate Indian Summer Private Blend Hawke’s Bay Rosé $35 This is the flagship rosé from the Plowman family and their Waiana Estate winemaking team.  A step beyond their Indian Summer and Summer Sault rosés, this classically dry, Provençale style is crafted from a blend of Tukituki Valley-grown merlot and cinsault which has been left, post-ferment […]

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