Chardonnay is the region’s flagship white wine. Intense, complex and fruit-driven, Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay tends
to be full-bodied, almost opulent yet balanced. Sauvignon Blanc is rich, tropical and fruit-laden with surprisingly complexity, while Pinot Gris varietals are ripe, spicy and bold. Originally known for its red blends including Merlot and Malbec blends, the region is fast gaining a reputation for its distinctive Syrah and Pinot Noir. The unique climate also lends itself to excellent aromatics and dessert wines, with more exciting varieties being planted every year.
Hawke’s Bay boasts wide extremes in soil types, which (as you can imagine) results in an equally diverse range of wine styles. The region around Pa Bridge features ancient, alluvial soils, as do the densely planted, wine-growing plains, while soils range from sandy loams over clay pans in Havelock to loamy clays around Hastings. The renowned Gimblett Gravels area is influenced by its distinctive arid, stony soils, while the surrounding hill country is clay and limestone based.