With a slightly unusual El Nino now on the wane, (although with these temperatures it's a very slow 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
For those of you who really enjoyed the 2014 Merlot/Franc, I regret to inform you that we have now sold out. However, don't panic as the 2015 Merlot/Franc has been waiting patiently in the wings and is very much in the same mold - dark in colour, warm and ripe on the palate, and hugely drinkable.
The Albarino is close to being sold out and all of the remaining reds are ticking over nicely.
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.
"Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask why me? Then a voice answers - nothing personal, your name just happened to come up." - Charles M. Schulz