Squawking Magpie Owner and Director Gavin Yortt planted the main Woodland’s vineyard in 1995, with further holdings in 2002 extending the focus on Hawkes Bay classic grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. They are members of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand and maintain a strong focus on cellaring wines and a quality-driven (rather than brand-driven) market strategy, which begins with rigorous vineyard management. Though not shouting from every shelf, on quality-for-value Squawking Magpie wines are often among the best Hawkes Bay has to offer.
What The Critics Say
Winemaker notes on current 2017 vintage
"The grapes used for this vintage have produced a powerful, mouthfilling wine with fresh acidity, ripe melon and lime flavours. Fully tank fermented, this wonderful wine is fresh and vibrant with a crisp dry finish. Enjoy now or over the next 3 years."
17.5/20 Raymond Chan (2014 vintage)
"Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on rim. The nose is softly full and aromatic with lifted fermentation esters and harmonious layers of pungent passionfruit that build in intensity. A good core of minerals and dark herbs drives the aromas. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, a deep and well-packed heart of passionfruit is lifted by aromatic esters. The fruit has sweet fruit juiciness, enhanced by slippery, crisp acidity. The mouthfeel is balanced by fine, grainy phenolic textures that provide a dry linearity, carrying the wine to a long, pungent, dry finish. This is a very aromatic, passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with a core of sweet fruit balanced by fine, dry textures. Serve with salads and vegetables, seafood, and goats cheese over the next 2 years. Fruit from the company’s vineyard in the Wairau Valley, blended with contract Wairau and Awatere fruit, cool-fermented to 13.5% alc. 17.5/20 Aug 2014 RRP $19.99."
90/100 Bob Campbell MW (2014 vintage)
"Delicate Sauvignon Blanc with appealing purity and grapefruit, guava and subtle passion fruit flavours. Fresh and appealing wine with an ethereal texture and good varietal definition."
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