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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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    Oyster Bay Rose 2019
    Rosé from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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    Oyster Bay Pinot Gris 2019
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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    • Esk Valley Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
      Esk Valley Chardonnay 2017
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      Kim Crawford Rose 2019
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      • Te Mata Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir 2019  Front Label
        Te Mata Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir 2019
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          Villa Maria Private Bin Rose 2018
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