Ash Ridge Premium Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

April 5, 2021By Yvonne

  Ash Ridge Premium Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 $32 There were rumblings and rumours and all manner of murmurs on the grapevine, that 2018 would be a pretty yowza year for cabernet sauvignon in Hawke’s Bay’s Bridge Pa sub-region. I’m pleased to report the gossip was true and correct. This Lauren Swift-crafted cabernet is … Read More

Ash Ridge Alti Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2020

April 5, 2021By Yvonne

Ash Ridge Alti Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2020 $29 There’s very little of this bony-dry, funky, mineral-heavy Pinot Gris left, so if you’re a fan of natural, skinsy, quartzy styles then this needs to be on your shopping list. Alti in that its made in an alternative style to conventional Pinot Gris and it’ll definitely … Read More

Swift Wines Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018

June 17, 2020By Yvonne

Swift Wines Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2018 $40 This is the second edition of Lauren Swift’s solo syrah, crafted from dry-farmed fruit grown in the Bridge Pa Triangle wine district of Hawke’s Bay.  Dry-farmed grapevines have to send their roots WAY down deep to find any moisture (as opposed to conventionally irrigated vines whose roots sit … Read More

Swift Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

May 22, 2020By Yvonne

Swift Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 $30 Winemaker Lauren Swift has named this her ‘First Edition’ and for a debut solo release, it’s a stunner.  It’s all in the barrel she reckons.  She’s used Clone 15 fruit grown in the Bridge Pa Triangle and poured the third fill off the press into just one, second-use barrel.  … Read More