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It is not the flesh but the skin of the grape that gives colour - and flavour. Hence some drinkers find reds more ‘satisfying’ - simply because they have more flavour sources! While whites have apple/citrus flavours of pulp, these are ‘built over’ in reds by stronger red and black fruit, spicy and earthy flavours caused by maceration (soaking/fermenting on skins). This ‘leaching’ is almost exclusive to reds, also leading to fuller texture and weight of solids (phenolics). The most important phenolics - besides colour compounds - are tannins. From both skin and pip, the quality of tannins help red wines to age and determines their style as soft and fruity (low tannin) or firm and structured (high tannin). 

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  1. 2013 Vidals Legacy Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet/Merlot

    2013 Vidals Legacy Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet/Merlot

    5 Stars Michael Cooper
    A supreme Gimblett Gravels red from a great vintage. In a special Bordeaux versus Hawkes Bay tasting (in Shanghai, 2017), a panel of forty wine professionals judged this wine to be #1 over the ...
    $61.99 in mixed 6+ or $69.99 per bottle
  2. 2014 Esk Valley The Terraces

    2014 Esk Valley The Terraces

    20 Points Raymond Chan
    Esk Valley pulled out all the stops in this wine, which was given a stellar 20/20 score by Raymond Chan. This top Bordeaux blend (Malbec, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc) is from old vines on a steep ...
    $150.00 in mixed 6+ or $165.00 per bottle
  3. 2014 Te Mata Bullnose Syrah

    2014 Te Mata Bullnose Syrah

    19 Points Raymond Chan
    Straight from Te Mata's cellars from the outstanding 2014 vintage. This is an iconic wine made from old vines with Te Mata's commitment to age-worthy balance and intensity. And with 2014 being ...
    $71.99 in mixed 6+ or $79.99 per bottle
  4. 2013 Squawking Magpie Gimblett Gravels Stoned Crow Syrah

    2013 Squawking Magpie Gimblett Gravels Stoned Crow Syrah

    Rick’s Picks
    94 Points Cameron Douglas
    A rich and concentrated Hawkes Bay Syrah from that stonking 2013 vintage. Gold a the Sydney Top 100 and Gold at the Royal Easter Show. This serious single vineyard from Gimblett Gravels was ...
    • Sydney Top100 Blue Gold
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  5. 2014 Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Syrah

    2014 Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Syrah

    95 Points Bob Campbell MW
    A seriously rich Syrah from Esk Valley's Cornerstone Vineyard, Gimblett Gravels. One of the country's best in this style, the Winemaker's Reserve is packed full of dense, ripe dark fruits and ...
    $56.99 in mixed 6+ or $63.99 per bottle
  6. 2015 Stanley Estates Merlot

    2015 Stanley Estates Merlot

    90 Points Richard Caro
    Reduced to clear- out it goes. Limited stock. A lovely dry and savoury Merlot, this is a welcome departure from the usual bold Hawkes Bay style. Elegant red and dark fruit nuances come in a ...
    Elsewhere up to $22.99 Save $8 $14.99 in mixed 6+ or $16.99 per bottle
  7. 2013 Squawking Magpie Gimblett Gravels The Nest Merlot

    2013 Squawking Magpie Gimblett Gravels The Nest Merlot

    93 Points Andrew Caillard
    2016 International Wine Competition – Trophy and Gold Champion HB Merlot, 2014 New Zealand International Wine Show – Trophy Champion Merlot and Blends, 2016 International Wine Challenge - ...
    • Royal Easter Show Wine Awards - Gold
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  8. 2013 Sacred Hill Hawkes Bay Deerstalkers Syrah

    2013 Sacred Hill Hawkes Bay Deerstalkers Syrah

    97 Points Bob Campbell MW
    Special back-vintage release! From the sublimely warm vintage of 2013, this superb Syrah has already entered its drinking phase and it beginning to reach its best. Our small stocks will not last ...
    $54.99 in mixed 6+ or $59.99 per bottle
  9. 2014 Vidals Legacy Gimblett Gravels Syrah

    2014 Vidals Legacy Gimblett Gravels Syrah

    5 Stars Raymond Chan
    A superb top shelf Syrah from the old hands at Vidals. Really pure, punchy dark fruits are balanced with floral, salty mineral elements and fine oak to produce a beautifully complete and ...
    $69.99 in mixed 6+ or $78.99 per bottle
  10. 2016 Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Reserve Syrah

    2016 Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay Reserve Syrah

    96 Points Sam Kim
    An impressive Reserve Syrah from a great producer in Hawkes Bay. Hand plunged and aged for 19 months in 25% new oak along with 1% Viognier co-fermented into the blend, the wine is finely packed ...
    $49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle

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