Many wine lovers claim that Pinot Noir from the Burgundy wine region of France are the greatest red wines in the world, nothing quite compares in aroma, power, finesse and flavour to a great red Burgundy. New Zealand is commonly hailed as producing the best Pinot Noirs outside of Burgundy. Pinot Noir has a mystical allure for many winemakers in the new world, getting Pinot Noir right has been sort of a holy grail of winemaking. A fussy grape which is difficult to grow and tricky to vinify. This means that finding a good Pinot Noir is not only hard to find the wines are invariably expensive but well worth the investment.
New Zealands oldest wine region situated on the east coast of the North Island, Hawkes Bay has a growing reputation as a producer of world class wines. A truly unique wine growing region that has evolved over thousands of years, five major rivers moved and formed valleys and terraces to create over 25 different soil types from clay loam, to limestone, to sands and free draining gravels. Altitude within Hawkes Bay ranges from sea level to several hundred metres inland. Warm north-facing hillsides, river valleys and terraces, and coastal areas provide the perfect environment for world class Pinot Noir. The climate is dry and temperate with long, hot summers and cool winters which offer the best weather for growing grapes.