The Gimblett Gravels area of Hawkes Bay is a truly blessed piece of earth.
Gimblett Gravels is New Zealand’s most famous wine subregion. It’s bigger than Bannockburn and mightier than Moutere.
Forrest Estate is small enough to be innovative and experimental but large enough to offer exceptional value in its entry-level Forrest range that are mostly line-priced at around NZD $20.
Villa Maria Reserve Merlot 2016, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $49.99
Mills Reef has just announced the release of a new “icon wine range” featuring two reds from the 2013 vintage, each with an NZD $350 price tag.
It’s hardly a surprise when Villa Maria earns yet another award. It’s more of a surprise when they don’t come first.
After selling Te Awa Wines the Lawson family bought a small hillside farm in the Gimblett Gravels subregion and planted a vineyard on the terraced slopes with a view to producing small quantities of premium wine.
Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Association put together a selection of Hawke’s Bay’s finest wines.
Stonecroft Old Vine Chardonnay 2015, Gimblett Gravels, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $45
Mission Huchet 2013 Syrah, Hawke’s Bay $130 Big, ripe, rich and smooth-textured Syrah with dark-fleshed plum, blackberry, liquorice, black pepper, new leather and chocolate/mocha flavours. It gives a nod in the direction of the Barossa Valley. Accessible and yet structured red with good cellaring potential.