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Hawke's Bay is the country's second largest winegrowing region and has a respected 100 year heritage in wine. Hawke's Bay has over 80% of New Zealand’s plantings of Merlot, Cab... MORE
Hawke's Bay is the country's second largest winegrowing region and has a respected 100 year heritage in wine. Hawke's Bay has over 80% of New Zealand’s plantings of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Syrah grapes and has forged a reputation for superior quality single varietal and blended red wines. The varied topography and wide range of soil types produces a considerable range of wine styles in this region.
Ripening dates for a single grape variety can vary by as much as three weeks between the hot, shingle soils of the Gimblett Road area to the cool, higher altitude vineyards of central Hawke's Bay. The region’s Merlots and Cabernets embody ripe fruit flavours that gain complexity with the benefit of time while the Syrah is produced in a classic European style and is described as dark, weighty and intensely varietal. Hawke's Bay is also known for producing some of the finest flavoured Chardonnay’s in the New World, with the assortment of soil structures creating a concentrated wine with distinctive citrus and ripe stone-fruit flavours.