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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
May 06, 2015
Vino Fino

From the Tastings - Hawkes Bay

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Chardonnay and Bordeaux Variety reds

So much has been said and talked about how good the 2013 and 2014 Hawkes Bay vintages were, so tonight was a chance to have a 'snapshot' tasting view of some recent releases and award winners. The standard of the wines was extremely high, but we (and the tasters) were very impressed with the two Trinity Hill wines. The Esk Merlot blend was the bargain buy of the night, although the Trinity Gimblett red could be seen as the 'Best Buy'. The 2014 Coopers Creek SV Limestone Chardonnay will find plenty of followers with its very approachable rich creamy style. Its been a while since we've had such riches to choose from with Hawkes Bay wines. These are all wines worth buying to drink now and over the longer term. They will deliver plenty of drinking pleasure.  

Chardonnay and Bordeaux Variety reds

So much has been said and talked about how good the 2013 and 2014 Hawkes Bay vintages were, so tonight was a chance to have a 'snapshot' tasting view of some recent releases and award winners. The standard of the wines was extremely high, but we (and the tasters) were very impressed with the two Trinity Hill wines. The Esk Merlot blend was the bargain buy of the night, although the Trinity Gimblett red could be seen as the 'Best Buy'. The 2014 Coopers Creek SV Limestone Chardonnay will find plenty of followers with its very approachable rich creamy style. Its been a while since we've had such riches to choose from with Hawkes Bay wines. These are all wines worth buying to drink now and over the longer term. They will deliver plenty of drinking pleasure.  


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Coopers Creek SV Limeworks Chardonnay 2014    
From the Middle Road vineyard on the limestone slopes just south of Hastings. Consistently good over the past few vintages, this 2014 steps it up a notch offering golden fruits and plenty of buttery, spicy flavours. Very, very approachable now.
$23.99    $19.99

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2014    
The first commercially available release under this label for a few years. Much tighter, subtle and more minerally than the Coopers Creek with great energy.
$30.99    $26.99

Bilancia Chardonnay 2013    
Trinity Hill winemaker, Warren Gibson's own label. From the lower slopes of the La Collina vineyard. This is a big, ballsy Chardonnay with plenty going on. Hand crafted with the free run juice naturally fermented in French oak. Savoury, gunsmoke characters sit alongside the ripe Chardonnay fruit. A really interesting wine, full of character.  
$27.99    $24.99

Villa Maria Reserve Chardonnay 2013    
The Hawkes Bay Reserve is from a selection of their vineyards - around the Gimblett Gravels, red metals Waikahu and Keltern. Typically Villa Maria in style, this is smooth and complete with just enough wine-making influences to make it interesting.
$33.99    $26.99

Trinity Hills Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2013    
Powerfully refined is how I'd sum up this wine. A brilliant Chardonnay. You can find a spectrum of flavours - grapefruit, hazelnut, buttered toast, smoke. Hawkes Bay Chardonnay doesn't come much better than this.
$37.99    $30.99

Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Merlot/Cab/Malbec 2013    
Trophy winner at the ANZWA for Champion Merlot dominant red. Dense, yet soft with plummy Merlot fruit backed by a hint of Cabernets ripe cassis and a plush leathery undertone. 
$23.99    $17.99

Coopers Creek  Metals & Gravels Merlot Malbec 2013    
This was the Trophy winner at the Easter Show. 78% Gimblett Gravels Merlot and 22% Red Metals Malbec. 
$23.99    $19.99

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2013    
Lithe and aromatic. The aromas hint at florals and plum whilst the palate is medium bodied with the plum, spice, liquorice, fruit-cake flavours filling the palate. Generous and fine.
$32.99    $26.99

Pask Small Batch Gimblett Gravels Cabernet 2013    
Part of Pask's 'experimental' range. This is made from a special parcel of older vines in the vineyard. It is relatively rare to see 100% Cabernet from Hawkes Bay as it needs a vintage like 2013 to hold its own. This wine reminds me of a top quality Margaret River Cabernet. Dense and dark with ripe Cassis underpinned by earthy, meaty characters.  
$29.99    $25.99

Trinity Hills Gimblett Gravels The Gimblett 2013    

The Gimblett is 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot and is a sumptuous velvety textured wine that hides its impressive power with ease. Like the Chardonnay, this is an exemplar for Hawkes Bay Bordeuax reds. 
$37.99    $30.99‚Äč