We've been told how good Hawkes Bay reds were going to be – now is your chance to see for yourself. Winemaker Ant MacKenzie has his fingers stretched across the Hawkes Bay and is able to access fruit from some of the top vineyards for his own label wines. This is such a pleasurable wine – dark fruits, hints of baking spice with plenty of palate weight and presence, yet finishing soft and supple.
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"The palate is medium bodied with a beam of fresh acidity that draws the wine across the tongue and adds vibrancy. The savoury theme on the nose continues on the palate with an umami like flavours of beef stock and mushroom. The texture comes from softly extracted front palate fruit tannins. These are the best sort of tannins that are able to provide gentle structure without contributing hardness."
Reviews for the 2018 vintage below…
91/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, August 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"Sweetly fruited and beautifully fragrant, the wine shows Black Doris plum, raspberry, violet, anise and roasted nut characters. It is equally delightful on the palate with juicy fruit intensity together with fleshy mouthfeel and silky tannins, finishing long and velvety. At its best: now to 2022."