Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay

Situated around the Coastal town of Napier, Hawke’s Bay was more or less the birthplace of New Zealand wine when French Marist missionaries started to plant vines in the mid-19th century. In fact, Mission Estate – producers of our flagship New Zealand wines – is the country’s oldest winery. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and similar Bordeaux style blends prospered particularly well in this region after serious cultivation of wines began in the 1970s. The favourable Hawkes Bay climate and complexities in the soils make for the ripest grapes – the famous Gimblett Gravels shingle proving optimum. Try a Syrah or Riesling from the region to experience a more modern expression of the region’s offerings.

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  • Mission Estate Hawke's Bay Riesling

    This Mission Estate single-vineyard Riesling is bright and clean reflecting the gentle handling of the grapes. The nose has an intense lime and floral aroma. The palate is very fresh and long with a soft fruit finish.

    Overall the flavours are intense, reminiscent of lime and other citrus characters, with the sweetness balancing the acidity. Learn More

  • Mission Estate Hawke's Bay Chardonnay

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    Elegant and well structured, the front of the palate is full with soft mouth feel and fine flavours. They are reminiscent of citrus, such as grapefruit, with vanilla undertones from the oak. The finish is clean silky and lingers well. Established in 1851 by the French Marist religious order, Mission Estate Winery is New Zealands oldest winemaker. Learn More
  • Mission Estate Hawke's Bay Syrah

    A Hawkes Bay Syrah with vibrant spicy berry notes and a rich fruity mid palate.

    The Gimblett Gravels fruit has contributed to the warm spicy character. It has a peppery aroma with cherries and raspberries leading to a slightly chocolatey palate, with good fruit and balanced acidity. Partially barrel aged creating a long soft palate with classic pepper flavours on the finish.

    Gold Medal Winner - International Wine Challenge (2014 vintage) Learn More

  • Mission Estate Hawke's Bay Pinot Gris

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    The wine displays primary fruit characters typical with Pinot Gris, reminiscent of pear and apple. It has citrus overtones that typify white wines from the Church Road parcel. The palate is soft and approachable with an appealing fresh acidity that makes this wine ideal for current consumption. It shows good intensity and richness with a full round mouth feel. The palate will gain intensity and length on the finish with one to two years bottle maturation. Learn More
  • Mission Estate Hawke's Bay Cabernet Sauvignon

    Like the award winning Mission Estate Hawke's Bay Syrah and Gimblett Gravels Syrah, 2014 was a very good red wine vintage. This was due to the early spring and warm, dry summer that produced great quality grapes with more berry fruit flavours than usual. 

    Medium to full-bodied with good fruit intensity and freshness.This Cabernet is drinking well now however it has the ability to age for some years. Learn More

  • Mission Estate Hawke's Bay Merlot

    This is a rich, Hawkes Bay Merlot with a cherry hue. The bouquet is reminiscent of sandlewood and fine herbs with excellent oak and fruit integration. The palate has rich intensity with a fine silky tannin finish. Established in 1851 by the French Marist religious order, Mission Estate Winery is New Zealands oldest winemaker. Learn More
  • Mission Estate Gimblett Gravels Reserve Syrah

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    The wine has a black pepper nose and also shows small fruit aromas such as dark berries with spicy undertones. The palate is medium-bodied with fine soft tannins. The wine has good finesse in aroma and structure from the careful oak maturation in French oak.

    Gold Medal Winner - International Wine Challenge (2014 vintage) Learn More

  • Mission Estate Hawke's Bay Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

    This Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep vibrant colour and a nose that has complex aromas of cassis, coffee and tobacco. The palate is medium to full-bodied with nice acidity and a fine structure. The tannins are ripe and the flavours mature. This is a classic ripe Cabernet that has good palate complexity. It is a wine with great structure that is well balanced with good fruit weight; having the potential to age gracefully for five to ten years. Learn More
  • Fete Cuvee Sparkling, Mission Estate

    A hand harvested cuvée crafted to celebrate Mission Estate's 160 years of winemaking and pioneering heritage. Named Fête (to honour the winery's French roots) this soft and light sparkling wine is made in the Champagne method giving it delicious creamy characteristics, delicate pear aromas and a fine, persistant mousse.

    Unlike Champagne this wine is made from predominantly Pinot Gris grapes with a little Chardonnay fruit thrown in. These grapes were hand harvested from the Mission Estate Taradale vineyard, and pressed very gently in the traditional manner. In the mouth the wine sings across the palate showing a persistent and fresh moreish finish.

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  • Syrah 'Jewelstone', Mission Estate Single Vineyard

    Mission Estate is one of Hawke's Bays largest established wineries, with a well-respected reputation. Established in 1851 by the French Marist religious order, Mission Estate Winery is New Zealand's oldest winemaker.

    This wine has a inky deep crimson colour which delivers generous flavours on the palate. Rich and mouth filling with ripe fruit, creamy oak and ripe tannins which add structure and a wonderful balance of fruit and oak. You will find plums, blueberries, a touch of liquorice, a suggestion of anise and lingering pepper on the savoury finish. Totally delicious and a very rare wine! Better than many top northern Rhone wines. Learn More

  • Merlot-Cabernet Franc 'Jewelstone', Mission Estate Single Vineyard

    The Gimblett Gravels region in the famed Hawke’s Bay has become one of New Zealand’s fine wine regions with some wines outclassing several Bordeaux First Growths. The 2009 vintage of this wine did just that at a blind tasting in Hong Kong and at less than half the Jewelstone’s modest price too.

    The 2010 vintage is just as good however you’ll find it more in the style of Pomerol than Médoc. Aged mostly in (expensive) new oak this seriously good red is ripe, rich and smooth.

    Leads off with cedar and vanilla notes, but develops plenty of dark, chocolaty flavours on the palate, giving a sense of richness and depth. It's up there with the world's best. Decant and enjoy on special occasions. Learn More

  • Mission Estate Huchet Syrah, Gimblett Gravels

    The Mission Estate story begins with a group of French Missionaries who sailed to New Zealand with little more than their faith and a few vines. The first record of a commercial sale dates back to 1870 when a parcel of mostly dry reds was sold. The Cellar Master at this time was Brother Cyprian Huchet, the son of a French vigneron from the Loire. Having grown up amongst the vineyards and wine cellars in France, Cyprian Huchet’s wine knowledge became extremely sophisticated and he bought this wealth of knowledge to Mission Estate.

    Mission Huchet Syrah is a tribute to Cyprian Huchet and Mission’s 160 year heritage. Crafted with devotion, combining leading edge technologies and Old World techniques, Huchet is a bold wine of heart & depth with pure dark berry aromas along with some spice components. The palate is full-bodied with fine soft tannins and an array of complex aromas. These fine tannins provide an amazing texture that is velvety and mouth filling and which frame a depth of rich complex aromas which persist long on the finish. If you can resist opening this wine for 10-20 years, you will be rewarded with a wine that is even more silky and fine.

    Presented in a bespoke Huchet box and wrapped in tissue paper.

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