With a slightly unusual El Nino now on the wane, we have lived through a somewhat variable vintage in Hawkes Bay. Although spring was a little on the cool side, January and February were the warmest for some time. Haven't seen so many 30C days in a row in any other vintage, which bodes well for ripe flavours and soft tannins. A couple of rainfall events made life a little challenging over harvest, but the heat prior to harvest set us up with some great colour and flavours at the ripe end of the spectrum. Expect some very soft and drinkable reds from this year
The Albarino is close to being sold out and all of the reds are ticking over nicely - most well timed to roll on to new vintage releases coming up soon. Don't miss out on the last of the fantastic 2013 wines - 2013 Basket Press Merlot/Franc (94 points) and the 2013 Resolution (93 points). No decent cellar should be without them.
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