The 2015 Merlot/Franc is still flying out the door, proving that Pinotphiles have not yet taken over the civilised world. Dark, soft and succulent, it's a hard one to beat at the price. First equal in sales at the recent Bridge Pa Wine Festival was our 2016 Albarino. A little richer and fatter than the 2015, this is a brilliant seafood wine as well as doing a pretty decent job as an aperitif and general thirst quencher. The other big winner was our 2016 Rose made from Cabernet Franc. First one we've done for a couple of years and with the latest trendy pale colour along with time on yeast lees to give it a soft and creamy finish, this is a hard drink to put down. Perhaps we should have done it in magnums because the 750 mL bottles just don't seem to last very long... It obviously hit the spot, because we have now sold out of this one.
If it's a complex, sweet-fruited and silky tannin red that you're looking for, the 2014 Basket Press Syrah ticks all the boxes. Recently given 5 stars by New Zealand wine writer Sam Kim, this super sexy red is drinking beautifully now but still has the legs to go another 8-10 years if your self control is in the OCD spectrum. The Basket Press Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2014 is also available now. From a warmer vintage, it has great structure and weight with the trademark drinkability of our Merlot based reds.
If you're out and about in Hawkes Bay and looking for good food and wine, try Malo, the latest addition to the Havelock North restaurant scene where you can get our Albarino by the glass. For something a little more casual, Pipi is a Havelock North institution that takes a lot of beating - and they have our Rose by the glass to wash down their outstanding pizzas. Did I say wash down? Of course I meant sip and savour alongside...
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