We have recently released the 2016 Syrah, our soft, ripe and very approachable entry level Syrah. This is very good drinking right now, and shows the benefits of a long, warm Hawkes Bay summer. 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.
Our 2016 Albarino is 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. For those of you living in or visiting Auckland, we have just had the Albarino listed at Ebisu restaurant on Quay St. If you're after the best modern Japanese food this side of Osaka (and a glass or two of Albarino to match) then I suggest you make a booking. Outstanding eatery.
The 2014 Basket Press Syrah has now sold out, but fortunately we have the 2015 version available. Another very warm growing season saw some very ripe fruit coming into the winery, and this time we had some very low yield, first crop fruit from our new Syrah clones to add interest to the mix. Wine critics Raymond Chan and Sam Kim have already rated this one 5 stars. The Basket Press Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2014 is also still available. From a warm vintage, it has great structure and weight with the trademark drinkability of our Merlot based reds. Interest in this wine has been steadily rising over the last 6-12 months - maybe quality Merlot is coming back into fashion...?
Don't know about the rest of the country, but all of a sudden the westerlies have kicked in here in Hawkes Bay, which at long last means warmer and drier conditions. Couple that with a rapidly increasing number of daylight hours and things are definitely looking up. Roll on summer...
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