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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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  • Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Red Blend 2017 Front Label
    Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Red Blend 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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  • Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2009 Front Label
    Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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  • Te Mata Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir 2018 Front Label
    Te Mata Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir 2018
    Gamay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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  • Te Mata Coleraine 2015 Front Label
    Te Mata Coleraine 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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  • Pyramid Valley Howell Cabernet Franc 2011 Front Label
    Pyramid Valley Howell Cabernet Franc 2011
    Cabernet Franc from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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  • Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2015  Front Label
    Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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  • Osawa Wines Prestige Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Front Label
    Osawa Wines Prestige Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Sauvignon Blanc from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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  • Mills Reef Elspeth Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Mills Reef Elspeth Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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  • Mills Reef Elspeth Syrah 2013 Front Label
    Mills Reef Elspeth Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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  • Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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  • Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Red Blend 2010 Front Label
    Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Red Blend 2010
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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  • Te Mata Coleraine 2016 Front Label
    Te Mata Coleraine 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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  • Vidal Wines El Legado Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Vidal Wines El Legado Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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  • Te Mata Coleraine 2014 Front Label
    Te Mata Coleraine 2014
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  • Te Mata Elston Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Te Mata Elston Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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  • Villa Maria Keltern Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Villa Maria Keltern Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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  • Villa Maria Ngakirikiri Cabernet Sauvignon 2013  Front Label
    Villa Maria Ngakirikiri Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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