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 […]

Sacred Hill Wine Thief Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Sacred Hill Wine Thief Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $29 I’m tasting this wine right as white flesh nectarines begin appearing in heaping quanitites on roadside fruit stalls around where I live, (Hastings, in case you were wondering) and this wine reminds me so much of their scent and the juicy intensity of biting into one.  […]

Saorsa Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

Saorsa Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016 $30 The name Saorsa is a Scottish Gaelic word that not only means but also represents a radical sense of freedom, liberty and salvation according to owner Alex Hendry.  Crafting just viognier and syrah, his 2016 vintage of syrah is very soft, very earthy, very smooth and lightly structured.  Savoury layers and hints of dried […]

Linden Estate Reserve Dam Block 2016

Linden Estate Reserve Dam Block 2016 $48  Trevor Shepherd has finally released his series of Reserve ‘Dam Block’ blends, and this is my favourite so far. Featuring 72.5% merlot, 17.5% cabernet sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc, this savoury black-olive-and-spice fest shouts ‘Make way for the King!’ to a parade of berries and plums on the […]

Little X Hawkes’ Bay Syrah 2014

Little X Hawkes’ Bay Syrah 2014 $14.99-$20  Pepper and berries and cherries and all things merries.  This is a cracker of a syrah with a ripe core of black fruits, violets, buckets of spice and a hint of cocoa.  Made by Tim Adams from a small parcel of fruit from a vineyard located in the sun-trap […]

Snapper Rock Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2016 $16.99

Snapper Rock Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2016 $16.99 Sweetly fruited on the nose, this is, like its namesake, a snappy little red blend that’s a great value quaffer.  Smooth, velvety and showing plum, cherry and redcurrant characters on  the finish.  Simple, yummy and dangerously drinkable.   trade $11.08

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2017

Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2017 $21.99 Punchy and peppery right upfront then followed by juicy raspberry and cherry and light leathery, earthy notes on the palate.  It’s a great introduction to good, affordable, Gimblett Gravels syrah and as soon as you’ve tasted it you’ll be hooked!

Redmetal Vineyards Basket Press Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

Redmetal Vineyards Basket Press Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 $36 Direct from the jazz hands of master Bridge Pa syrah winemaker, Grant Edmonds, this is a plump, plush, softly-peppered style that is drinking darn nicely now.  Earthy, and with elaborately elastic tannins, this is supple and sumptuous.  Buy now, drink now or forever kick yourself.

39°below Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2016

39°below Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2016 $25  Paul McEvoy has created one of the smoothest, cuddliest, most dangerously drinkable blends of merlot and cabernet that I’ve had the pleasure of slipping down my esophagus in a long time.  Erupting with vanilla, sweet, smoky layers, buckets of ripe berries and soft plum on the nose and […]

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