Tony Bish Skeetfield Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016 $56

Prepare for heaping wads of hazelnut, citrus pith, white peach and nutmeg on the nose followed by gorgeous, grapefruit, smoked pineapple and waves of juiciness which flow constantly across the palate.  Crafted from old vine, dry farmed, Mendoza-clone chardonnay from a vineyard named after Brick Gunn, champion NZ Skeet Shooter, this wine is beautifully balanced […]

Crafters Union Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2016 $21 ★★★½

Ultra-pretty and bright like a pink diamond in the glass and shows fresh watermelon, light raspberry and soft peppercorn characters in the glass.  Here’s a dry, crisp and refined Rosé that’ll have you singing in the summer in seconds flat. Sip with old fashioned curried sausages – yum! Available in supermarkets nationwide

Redmetal Vineyards Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 $20 ★★★½

Intense blueberry and bay leaf aromatics, stacks of peppercorn, cocoa and plummy notes.  Warming and velvety in the mouth – plump and saucy yet elegantly poised.  Baking spices and smoky, nutty notes on the finish.  Give it a few minutes to open up in the glass and you’ll be rewarded for sure. www.redmetalvineyards.co.nz

Brookfields Hawke’s Bay Bergman Chardonnay 2015 $20 ★★★★

Peter Robertson has owned Brookfields since the 1970’s so he’s seen a thing or two in the evolution of chardonnay.  He’s also decided that good, old fashioned creamy, tropical and citrus fruit is what makes it magical.  Taking its name from the Bergman roses which sit at the end of every row, this chardonnay is […]

De La Terre Hawke’s Bay Barbera 2014 $43 ★★★★½

‘De La Terre’ means ‘of the earth’, which fits as they have New Zealand’s only earth brick winery building up on the Taihape Road. ‘They’ are Tony and Kaye Prichard, who’ve been working on their own label following Tony’s departure from Church Road a little over a decade ago. Barbera is super-rare and the Prichard’s […]

Sacred Hill HALO Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2014 $28 (4.5 stars)

Holy hand harvest batman! What a wine!  It’s tricky to even start explaining how glorious this wine smells – but I’ll do my best for you.  Vanilla, soft boysenberry, cocoa, caramelised walnuts and smoked plums – how does that sound?  To drink, it’s fresh, vibrant, woven together with muscular tannins and extended with a marathon-like […]

Haha Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2016 $13.99 (3.5 stars)

Highly scented and precise on the nose, fresh-cut pear, poached quince and powdery, talc-like characters leap from the glass.  It’s also a very full, generous gris, soaking the palate with pipfruit, honeysuckle and spice.  Don’t chill this down too much or you’ll stifle all those fruit layers.  Sip with bacon-wrapped dates as a nibbly treat. […]

Brookfields Marshall Bank Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Golden like a yellow diamond and boasting a whoomph of toasty oak, grapefruit zest, ripe peach and pineapple tones on the nose and followed by an intense, citrus-driven mid-palate.  Crisp, tangy and terrifically taut, Peter Robertson and his team have really crafted something special here because the finish just never does.  Long and lipsmackingly refreshing […]

Brookfields Backblock Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015

Brookfields Backblock Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015 $21 ★★★½ How pretty is the colour of this wine?  Glossy and inky-purple in the glass, it’s also chock full of violets, bouquet-garni herbs and loads of dark berries.  There’s a classic hit of pepper – but it’s only there to cuddle the fruit.  Fresh and youthful, winemaker Peter […]

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015

Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015 $24 ★★★★½ I love the aroma of butterscotch, creamy peaches, buttered crumpets and on the palate expect exactly the same but followed by smooth, smoky notes, creamy citrus and gently tropical flavours that wash across a long, persistent finish.  It’s a satisfying, old-school style.  www.millsreef.co.nz

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