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Spotlight on: Hawke's Bay wines

Known as the fruit bowl of the country, Hawke’s Bay knows how to grow seriously good grapes

The Hawke's Bay region follows behind Marlborough to be the second-largest grape-growing area in New Zealand. High sunshine and warmth make for long, successful growing seasons and contribute to the production of some memorable Bordeaux-style wines.

Environment:

High sunshine and a temperate climate plus very diverse soils

Best known for:

Rich, fruity chardonnay and powerful yet elegant reds such as syrah, merlot and cabernet sauvignon

Food pairing ideas:

Merlot

Savoury – spaghetti with roasted tomatoes

pasta, merlot

Sweet – chocolate mousse

Syrah

Savoury – braised beef cheek

Sweet – dark chocolate truffles

truffles, syrah

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