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Hawkes Bay Wine New Zealand

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An eclectic region on the east coast of the North Island, Hawkes Bay extends from wide, fertile, coastal plains, inland, to the coast range, whose peaks reach as high as 5,300 feet. While the flatter areas were historically more popular because they are easier to cultivate, their alluvial soils can be too fertile for vines. In the late 20th century, the drive for quality led growers to the hills where soils are free-draining, limestone-rich and more suited to producing high quality wines.

Over the passing of time, the old Ngaruroro River laid down deep, gravelly beds, which were subsequently exposed after a huge flood in the 1860’s. In the 1980s growers identified this stretch, which continues for approximately 800 ha, and named it the Gimblett Gravels. The zone has proven to be ideal for the production of excellent red wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.

Today the area takes well-earned recognition for its Bordeaux blends and other reds. Expressive of intense stewed red and black berry with gentle herbaceous characters, Gimblett Gravels wines are suggestive of their cool climate origin, and on par with other top-notch Bordeaux blends around the globe.

Chardonnay is the top white grape in Hawkes Bay, making elegant wines, strong in stone fruit character. Sauvignon blanc comes in close behind, notable for its tropical, fruit forward qualities.

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  • Kim Crawford Rose 2021  Front Label
    Kim Crawford Rose 2021
    Rosé from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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    • Oyster Bay Pinot Gris 2021  Front Label
      Oyster Bay Pinot Gris 2021
      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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    • Craggy Range Winery Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
      Craggy Range Winery Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay 2020
      Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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      • Esk Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Esk Valley Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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      • Villa Maria Earthgarden Sauvignon Blanc 2020  Front Label
        Villa Maria Earthgarden Sauvignon Blanc 2020
        Sauvignon Blanc from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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        • McBride Sisters Brut Rose  Front Label
          McBride Sisters Brut Rose
          Sparkling Rosé from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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        • Villa Maria Private Bin Rose 2020  Front Label
          Villa Maria Private Bin Rose 2020
          Rosé from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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          • Villa Maria EarthGarden Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
            Villa Maria EarthGarden Pinot Noir 2019
            Pinot Noir from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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          • Esk Valley Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
            Esk Valley Chardonnay 2020
            Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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