Spring Sampler

Spring Sampler

Regular price $170.00 Sale price $190.00

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We selected for you delicious, ‘just because’ wines, they never need a reason or excuse to be enjoyed.  Two bottles of each variety to make sure you have plenty to share.

Please note: delivery is complimentary within New Zealand. 

Six bottle case includes:

2 x bottles of Hawkshead Pinot Gris 
2 x bottles of Hawkshead Pinot Rosé
2 x bottles of Hawkshead Riesling 

Reviews for Pinot Gris 2021

Our 2021 Pinot Gris has just been released and awaiting feedback from our trusted tasting panel- but in the meantime here are our 2020 Hawkshead Pinot Gris Reviews.....

5 stars
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
95/100pts,  Outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regional type

Gorgeously elegant and complex, showing sweet cherry, dried herb, toasted almond and dark mushroom aromas, followed by a beautifully refined palate displaying excellent weight and persistency. The wine offers fabulous harmony and balance with enticing savoury nuances.  At its best: now to 2029.

5 stars
Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Review
19/20 pts (93 pts) Gold Medal, Perfect to Outstanding - Rated Top 20 Pinot Gris 2021

Hawkshead Pinot Gris 2020, Central Otago. Brilliant, bright straw-yellow with some depth and slight lime hue, even colour throughout. The nose is soft and pretty, slowly growing in volume, nuances of green apple, pear entwine honeysuckle and subtle warming spices. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, the palate is unctuous and bright, flavours of green apple, pear accompanied by sun-dried apricot. Pretty fragrances of honeysuckle interweave delicate spices, leaves a tingle sensation on the palate. The fruit ripeness is just right with brilliant concentration underlined lacy acidity, provide freshness, carry mineral crunch through the palate, lifted spices linger on a long and elegant closing. This is an elegant, dry Pinot Gris with superb balance, showing aromas of apricots and tree fruit, subtle honeysuckle and warming spices on an unctuous mouthfeel. Match with pulled pork and siu mai over the next 3-5 years. Fruit from 36% Gibbston and 64% Lowburn. Handpicked, whole bunch pressed, fermented 90% in stainless steel and 10% in older barrels to 13.5% alc, 2 g/l RS. Aged on lees for 4 months. Oct 2020.

5 stars
Michael Cooper, New Zealand Wines

Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 2021 Edition
Outstanding, Gold Medal Standard

The impressive 2020 vintage (5*) was hand-picked at Gibbston (36 per cent) and Lowburn (64 per cent), and mostly handled in tanks; 10 per cent of the blend was fermented in seasoned oak barrels. Matured on its yeast lees for four months, it's a ripely scented, weighty wine with fresh, concentrated stonefruit flavours, gently spicy notes, a distinct touch of complexity and a dry (2 grams/litre of residual sugar), very harmonious finish. Rich and finely textured, it's already delicious, but likely to be at its best from 2022 onwards.

Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times
Excellent to Outstanding

Dusty minerality, pear, apricot, fruit pastilles, real interest here. Classic stonefruit characters, cashew nut, a honeyed note yet not sweet with a spicy finish. Great fruit intensity and richness; a line of acid running through this to keep it fresh. Lovely balance and sheer drinkability, fruit sweet, yet dry. Delicious.

Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
Silver Medal, Top Ranked - 16 out of 81 (Pinot Gris of NZ)

Reviews for Riesling 2020

5 stars
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
95/100pts,  Outstanding quality showing varietal purity and exemplifying regio

This is instantly appealing on the nose showing crunchy apple, lime sorbet and floral aromas. The palate exhibits outstanding concentration and focus, wonderfully supported by refined mouthfeel and bright acidity. Super long and linear with layers of fine texture and delectable flavours. Style: Off-dry.  At its best: now to 2029.

Michael Cooper, New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper’s Buyers Guide 2021 Edition
Excellent Quality verging on Outstanding

'Bliss in a bottle, the 2020 vintage (4.5*) was grown at Lowburn, in the Cromwell Basin. Bright, light yellow/green, it is a powerful, full-bodied style of Riesling, hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks (97 per cent) and seasoned French oak barriques (3 per cent), and lees-aged for three months. Highly drinkable in its youth, it is scented and mouth-filling, with rich, peachy, slightly spicy flavours, moderate acidity and a dryish (7 grams/litre of residual sugar), a very harmonious finish. Drink now or cellar.

5 stars

Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
18.5/20pts, Gold Medal, Perfect to Outstanding

Bright, straw-yellow with some depth, lighter edged. The nose is presented elegantly, bright with gentle nuances of white floral and citrus, underlying honey, beeswax and stonefruit. Medium-bodied, dry-ish to taste, a taut core of lemon, lime, tangerine with its zest; intermix with lime flower and honey. Subtle white pepper and minerals unfold as it lingers to a crisp, citrus-fruited finish. Some residual sugar sweetness rounds the mouthfeel, balances the taut, mouthwatering acid. Citrus zest and a light phenolic grip bound stony minerals and crunchy acidity to a lengthy, dry finish. This is a citrusy Riesling with charming details and tension, presented with a rounded mouthfeel and dry, lengthy finish. Match with seafood and chicken katsu over the next 3-5 years. Fruit from Lowburn, handpicked, whole bunch pressed, 12 hours on skins. Fermented 97% in stainless steel, 3% in older oak barrels to 13% alc, 7 g/l RS. Rested on lees for 3 months. Oct 2020.

Mark Henderson, Otago Daily Times
Excellent Quality

Hints of rose petal/rose water lead, shifting to red apple, white flowers and a floral (attractively) soapy nuance. Ripe red apple, some cooked apple too, picking up hints of citrus and honey on the nicely textural and relatively dry palate. With aeration, there’s a crisp, crunchiness emphasising its youthful side, honeyed notes neatly balanced by acidity.

Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
Silver Medal - 22 out of 34 (Riesling of NZ)

Technical Notes

Pinot Gris 2021 Technical Notes 

Pinot Rosé Technical Notes 

Riesling 2020 Technical Notes 

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