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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. 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 ...
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  2. 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
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  3. 2016 Tono Hawkes Bay Rosado (Rosé)

    2016 Tono Hawkes Bay Rosado (Rosé)

    Rick’s Picks
    18 Points Raymond Chan
    Special clearance price! A lovely Hawkes Bay Rosé in a Spanish style. Ant Mackenzie is the ex-Dry River winemaker behind this gem: with a love of all things Spanish he crafts a European style ...
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  4. 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 ...
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  5. 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 ...
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  6. 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 ...
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  7. 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 ...
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  8. 2015 Theory and Practice Hawkes Bay Merlot

    2015 Theory and Practice Hawkes Bay Merlot

    92 Points Bob Campbell
    Another classy wine from Dry River consultant Ant MacKenzie, this is far better than the price. (5 Stars Raymond Chan, 5 Stars Wine Orbit Magazine and rated by Bob Campbell as a top value pick ...
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  9. 2016 Tony Bish Fat n Sassy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

    2016 Tony Bish Fat n Sassy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay

    5 Stars Raymond Chan
    The name says it all – this Chardy is fat and sassy, old school style. As the legendary ex head winemaker at Sacred Hill, Tony Bish is an acknowledged expert in Chardonnay. From another great ...
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  10. 2014 Lauregan Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir

    2014 Lauregan Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir

    17.5 Points Raymond Chan
    A rich and structured Pinot Noir from Central Hawkes Bay. Inland and more elevated than the rest of Hawkes Bay, the cooler climate of Central Hawkes Bay offers excellent conditions for Pinot ...
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