NZ Listener Columns
  • The best of Hawke’s Bay wine

    26 May 2017

    Pinot gris and pinot noir are soaring beside the traditional varieties of Hawke’s Bay.

    Hawke’s Bay … think sturdy, richly flavoured chardonnays; distinguished, age-worthy blends of merlot and cabernet sauvignon; and a recent surge of notably ­perfumed and peppery syrahs. Or should we?

    Hawke’s Bay’s long history of commercial winemaking stretches back to the 1890s. But our second-largest wine region is changing – fast. Outstanding viogniers, gewürztraminers, oak-aged sauvignon blancs, sweet whites and rosés can also be found, and currently, on relatively cool, elevated inland sites, the bay’s output of pinot gris and – big surprise – pinot noir is soaring.

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