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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. 2013 Coopers Creek Hawkes Bay Syrah

    2013 Coopers Creek Hawkes Bay Syrah

    5 Stars Cuisine
    Amazing discount on the #4 ranking Syrah in Cuisine's recent tasting. Only six wines out of 70 entries scored 5 Stars and these averaged over $50! showing you want an amazing buy this 2013 Syrah ...
    $16.99 a bottle
  2. 2013 Coopers Creek SV "Gravels and Metals" Merlot Malbec

    2013 Coopers Creek SV "Gravels and Metals" Merlot Malbec

    93 Points Sam Kim
    A great deal on this Trophy-winning back-vintage! This 2013 Merlot Malbec won Merlot Trophy at The Royal Easter Show 2015, as well as a New World Wine Awards Trophy the same year. With Merlot ...
    • Royal Easter Show Wine Awards - Gold
    $16.99 a bottle
  3. 2016 Coopers Creek SV 'The Limeworks' Chardonnay

    2016 Coopers Creek SV 'The Limeworks' Chardonnay

    91 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 ...
    Elsewhere up to $22.50 Save $4 $17.99 a bottle
  4. 2016 Bilancia Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris

    2016 Bilancia Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris

    91 Points Richard Caro
    A great price on an elegant and silky wine, this Bilancia Gris is the opposite of the showy fruit bombs out there. A subtle and balanced classic of Hawkes Bay Gris, it is rich but not too sweet ...
    Elsewhere up to $23.79 Save $4 $18.99 a bottle
  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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 ...
    Elsewhere up to $30.00 Save $10 $19.99 a bottle
  9. 2015 Vidals Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah

    2015 Vidals Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah

    94 Points Sam Kim
    With no $80 Legacy Syrah made in 2015 the major component of this wine was the juice earmarked for the famous Legacy wine- at $20 this is truly exceptional value! Leading wine writer Jancis ...
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  10. 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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