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Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay has the warm climate of New Zealand’s North Island but the geography resembles regions in the South - i.e. an East Coast rain shadow that provides a dry, wide alluvial plain with varied microclimates and soil deposits. The prized spots are the free-draining stones of former riverbeds, with the sun-baked Gimblett Gravels being most famous. Here Cabernet ripens pretty consistently - unlike most of NZ - while forgiving Merlot and Chardonnay cruise to satisfying body and richness. But it’s still cooler than Australia, so Syrah in Hawkes Bay is more like a modern French style - medium-bodied with attractive black fruit and pepper/floral brightness. 

Hawkes Bay

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  1. 2015 Mission VS Hawkes Bay Merlot

    2015 Mission VS Hawkes Bay Merlot

    91 Points Richard Caro
    A stunning deal on this massive over-achiever! While scooping the trophy from the Royal Easter Show, this wine beat out the big boys – i.e. well-known $45-$60 reserve wines from the hotter ...
    • Royal Easter Show Wine Awards - Gold
    $14.99 a bottle
  2. 2016 Coopers Creek 'The Limeworks' Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

    2016 Coopers Creek 'The Limeworks' Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

    92 Points Richard Caro
    A great discount on classic Chardonnay, broad and powerful but also sporting a chalky freshness from the limestone in the name (it is grown next to Webster's limeworks in Hawkes Bay). This ...
    $17.99 a bottle
  3. 2016 Theory and Practice Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris

    2016 Theory and Practice Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris

    5 Stars Raymond Chan
    A beautifully rich - but not too sweet - Pinot Gris from Hawkes Bay master Ant MacKenzie. This textural but inexpensive wine marks decades of experience by MacKenzie, who loves using old ...
    • NZIWS Gold
    Elsewhere up to $19.99 Save $2 $17.99 a bottle
  4. 2016 Tono Hawkes Bay Rosado (Rosé)

    2016 Tono Hawkes Bay Rosado (Rosé)

    Rick’s Picks
    18 Points Raymond Chan
    Special price! A lovely Hawkes Bay Rosé in a Sanish style. Ant Mackenzie is the ex-Dry River winemaker behind this gem: with a love of all things Spanish he crafts a European style Rosé mostly ...
    Elsewhere up to $22.00 Save $4 $17.99 a bottle
  5. 2015 Beach House Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

    2015 Beach House Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

    91 Points Richard Caro
    With a seamless palate of peachy butter and toast, this Chardonnay-lover's dream is also a beautiful white wine in general thanks to perfect balance and elegance. For the same reason it is an ...
    Elsewhere up to $23.99 Save $5 $18.99 a bottle
  6. 2014 Bilancia Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris

    2014 Bilancia Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris

    91 Points Richard Caro
    Elegant and silky, this Bilancia Gris is the opposite of the showy fruit bombs out there. A subtle and balanced classic of Hawkes Bay Gris it is close to dry with beautiful floral aromatics that ...
    Elsewhere up to $23.79 Save $4 $18.99 a bottle
  7. 2016 Theory and Practice Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

    2016 Theory and Practice Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

    92 Points Richard Caro
    A beautiful Chardonnay with pedigree for the price, from ex-Dry River consultant Ant Mackenzie. Long slow aging and malolactic (buttery) ferment in old and new oak gives a fat mouthfeel, backed ...
    Elsewhere up to $24.99 Save $5 $19.99 a bottle
  8. 2014 Theory and Practice Hawkes Bay Syrah

    2014 Theory and Practice Hawkes Bay Syrah

    5 Stars Raymond Chan
    A super-fine Hawkes Bay Syrah from a pedigree producer, Ant Mackenzie (ex-consultant at Dry River). A cracking 2014 vintage has delivered a 5 Star rated wine by Raymond Chan who says "a ...
    Elsewhere up to $24.99 Save $5 $19.99 a bottle
  9. 2016 Clearview Estate 'White Caps' Chardonnay

    2016 Clearview Estate 'White Caps' Chardonnay

    92 Points Richard Caro
    Chardonnay circa 1987 - we're coming home! A blast from the past, this limited release from Clearview pulls out all the stops - creamy and rich with oaky, fat stone fruit. Fullstop. Those ...
    Elsewhere up to $24.99 Save $5 $19.99 a bottle
  10. 2016 Sacred Hill Halo Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

    2016 Sacred Hill Halo Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

    18 Points Raymond Chan
    When we found out that this was estate grown fruit from what is one the the best chardonnay vineyards in NZ- the Riflemans Vineyard it all made sense and we have named this 'baby riflemans ...
    Elsewhere up to $27.99 Save $8 $19.99 a bottle

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