Robust reds

By Michael Cooper In Wine

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24th January, 2013
On the fringe of Hastings, vines flourish in the Gimblett Gravels, long viewed as the poorest, least-productive land in Hawke’s Bay. Where town planners once approved cool-stores, warehouses and a drag strip, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and syrah are yielding robust, rich reds that are revving up a strong international reputation. Every year, the local winemakers release a promotional case of 12 reds, chosen to reflect the vintage now on the market. Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers reported “a challenging, cool summer” in 2010; January was the wettest for a century. But as February wore on, ...

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