The Hawkes Bay Winegrowers Association brings the good news.
With a hot and dry season, the Hawkes Bay basked in optimum sunshine hours this summer, blessing Hawke’s Bay’s winemakers with pristine-condition fruit.
Julian Grounds, Chief Winemaker at Craggy Range Vineyards, commented: “In your winemaking lifetime, the law of averages very rarely gives you two iconic vintages back to back. But that is what they will write of 2019 and 2020.”
Says Nick Buck of Te Mata Estate: “ ’18, ’19, and ’20 have been amazing. We thought ’19 was amongst the best vintages we’ve seen, then along came ’20, and we’re blown away by the quality. The ‘20s are the most concentrated wines we’ve seen in the 46 years my family’s run Te Mata. It’s hard to pick a stand out variety as the quality is so strong across the board.”