Summer is beginning to assert itself in Hawkes Bay and the vines are growing like trifids (what is a trifid anyway?). At this stage there is still plenty of moisture in the soil, and the warm conditions are perfect for plant growth, so the weeds are in a race with the vines to see who can put on the most biomass first.
The 2015 Merlot/Franc is flying out the door at the moment. Dark, soft and succulent, it's a hard one to beat at the price. We have also recently released the 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. Also hot off the bottling line is 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...
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. We have also just sold out of the Basket Press Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2013 - but don't panic, the 2014 is labelled up and ready to go. From a warmer vintage, it has great structure and weight with the trademark drinkability of our Merlot based reds. If you are still pining for the 2013 I would suggest booking for dinner at Phil's Kitchen in Kingsland, Auckland where they have a small stash. Great food too, at an intimate restaurant with more hats than a milliner's dummy.
"Funny how one day you're the greatest thing since sliced bread, and the next you're toast"- from the side of a bread delivery van