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The Hawkes Bay region on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island is sunnier and warmer than Marlborough and most famous for its tropical-fruited Chardonnays as well as Bordeaux-style reds. This is similar in some ways to Margaret River in West Australia, although here the wines are cooler and have fresher acidity and lighter body.
In its youth, this concentrated wine is pale in the glass and displays aromas of white-fleshed stone fruit, flowers, biscuit and hazelnut. Intricate barrel fermentation influences meld with stone fruit and acidity on the palate, forming a refined marriage of style and length.