Music Bay Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2018

May 3, 2021By Yvonne

Music Bay Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet 2018 $15.99 If you’re looking for a fruity, smooth, super-easy, quaffy mcquaff face red to soothe the throat, clear the nose and wow the crowds, then you’ve come to the right cul de sac here my friend. Ripe, rumpty, Hawke’s Bay merlot has been blended with cabernet sauvignon to … Read More

Hawkes Ridge Hawke’s Bay Rosado 2020

April 26, 2021By Yvonne

Hawkes Ridge Hawke’s Bay Rosado 2020 $20 Made from 100% Tempranillo, this wine takes it’s name from the Spanish word for rosé. It is an unusual style, edged with savoury notes, hints of rhubarb and smoked fruits. So long as you’re up for something a little bit funky and not something fruity, then this could … Read More

Hawkes Ridge Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2014

April 26, 2021By Yvonne

Hawkes Ridge Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2014 $25 Doug Haines has just released this wine after giving it six sleepy years in the cellar. It’s developed a very savoury, developed nature, moving on from any primary fruit it may have once had. Taking on an earthy hue and an even earthier flavour profile, this pinot … Read More

Abbey Estate Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2020

April 21, 2021By Yvonne

Abbey Estate Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2020 $20 This perky Pinot Gris from the iron-rich soils of the Bridge Pa Triangle brings the sunshine back into the bleakest winter day. Nashi, nutmeg, red apple and pear strudel spices lead to a fresh, dryish mouthfeel that exhibits a deliciously exfoliating texture on the finish. Fermented wild, … Read More

Otu Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020

April 19, 2021By Yvonne

Otu Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020 $20 Lightly structured, lean and edged with soft peachy tones, a hint of popcorn and light lemony notes. It’s a simple, shippable, clean, non-confronting style. http://www.otuwine.com

Abbey Estate Hawke’s Bay Petit Verdot 2019

April 17, 2021By Yvonne

Abbey Estate Hawke’s Bay Petit Verdot 2019 $25 Paired with: Sticky Stir Fried Beef with greens and noodles (Dish Magazine Issue 97 2021) Increase the yum-ness of this satisfyingly sticky, spicy beef with a great slurp of the lovely new Abbey Estate Obsession Hawke’s Bay Petit Verdot 2019 ($25). Grown in the iron-rich soils of … Read More

Stonecroft Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2018

April 16, 2021By Yvonne

Stonecroft Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2018 $60 Spots in the internationally-recognised 2018 Gimblett Gravels Annual Vintage Selection aren’t awarded for participating. Oh no. With only 12 places available for dozens of wines submitted by dozens of producers, it’s nail-biting stuff. Add 5 star ratings, Super Classic status from Michael Cooper, and high-90’s points from famous … Read More

Abbey Estate Wild Fermented Bridge Pa Chardonnay 2019

April 12, 2021By Yvonne

Abbey Estate Wild Fermented Bridge Pa Chardonnay 2019 $30 Yum Yum Yumminny! This is a really interesting, multi-layered lovely from Dermot and his team at Abbey Estate in Hawke’s Bay’s Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District. Bursting with white nectarine, apricot, grapefruit pith, dried herb and nutty, toasty, caramelised characters in the mid-palate, it carries a … Read More

Wairiki The Matriarch Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020

April 5, 2021By Yvonne

Wairiki The Matriarch Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2020 $29 A rather sexy chardonnay from possibly the newest and tiniest winery you’ve never heard of. Scented with creme caramel, soft peach, almond and grapefruit pith, the palate is fresh, soothing and edged with citrus. Grown high on the ancient, free-draining Ngaruroro River terraces, west of Hastings, this … Read More

Ash Ridge Ariel Hawke’s Bay Blanc de Blanc 2018

April 5, 2021By Yvonne

Ash Ridge Ariel Hawke’s Bay Blanc de Blanc 2018 $45 This classy Blanc de Blanc (100% Chardonnay), was crafted in the traditional vintage Champagne method where the initial base wine was barrel fermented and left on lees for 1 year before being bottled and re-fermented to build its ultra-fine mousse (bubbles), and then left again … Read More