It's hot. And it's dry. Must be summer in Hawkes Bay as the new decade kicks off. Here's to a great 2020.
Our 5 star 2018 Albarino is now sold out at the winery. Apologies to those who have missed out. The next release is not until the middle of the year. We'll keep you posted.
The 2019 Rose is now in bottle and ready to go. A signature dry and delicious summer lip smacker.
Soft and succulent, the 2018 Syrah follows on from the very popular 2017. It is a little more structured but still has the hallmark ripe flavours with a soft finish and plenty of drinkability.
The 2016 Merlot/Franc is another great value red from another warm vintage. Bob Campbell rated it his best buy in the middle of 2018, and even better than that, he suggested it was punching well above it's weight and worth significantly more than our $20 website price. Michael Cooper also gave it a 4 star thumbs up.
Our Basket Press Merlot/Franc 2016 rated 4.5 stars from Mike Cooper, is now only available in 1.5L magnums complete with a wooden box which makes it a great gift. It is dark, soft and ripe - and superb drinking already (and it's just a baby).
The 2018 Basket Press Merlot/Franc is now ready to go (we didn't make a 2017 because we didn't rate the vintage as good enough). Not a lot of this made, and we picked the eyes out of the fruit to ensure we maintain the rich, soft style.
And finally, a review from Yvonne Lorkin in the Herald's Canvas magazine on the 2018 Basket Press Syrah in October:
"Grant Edmonds has a freakish gift for creating red wines that stamp themselves on your brain, grip your gums and don't let go. He has a tiny vineyard on Maraekakaho Road, smack bang in the middle of the Bridge Pa Triangle that turns out intensely concentrated Syrah time and time again. Scented with pepper, violets, plum, cranberry and such a succulent, saucy mouthfeel, it's dangerously easy to drink."
Speaking of which, we opened a bottle of The Merlot 2000 recently and were blown away by the sweet fruit, soft tannins, balance and class of the beast. If you're a fan of mature Bordeaux you might just be pleasantly surprised by this 20 year old gem. We found half a dozen 6 packs hidden at the back of the winery, so it's a very limited offer. Check out the orders page.
"Some things are better left unsaid. Which I generally realise right after I've said them."
Type: Remote Off licence Name: Redmetal Vineyards Ltd Licence number: LQ3894