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Hawkes Ridge Wine Estate vineyard is established on an ancient river terrace in Mangatahi, Hawke’s Bay, with dry stony free draining soil. It is close to the central mountain chain that protects the Bay from most of the prevailing western weather. It also has hills to North, South and to some extent the East as well. This has the effect of sheltering the vineyard from the influence of the sea. Typically the summers are hot and dry, with cooler night time temperatures compared to other wine growing areas of Hawke’s Bay. This extends the ripening period of the grapes allowing them to develop more concentrated flavours.
Hawkes Ridge Wine 2010 Pinot Gris. This wine was partially barrel fermented. It is dry and full bodied with aromas of candied pears, passion fruit and cinnamon. The palate has exquisite aromas of dried pear and stonefruit with hints of citrus peel. The palate offers rich tropical fruit with a slight background of baking spice.
Hawkes Ridge Wine 2010 Pinot Noir. At Hawkes Ridge Wine Estate they use only the best Burgundian clones of Pinot Noir and control the cropping levels carefully to yield no more than 2 tonnes per acre.