‘Te Awa Winery’ was initially established in the early 1990’s and their single estate is located in a prime position in Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay. The winery is a special place with a sense of exploration that runs deep in their collection of wines. The full Maori name given to the site is ‘Te Awa o te atua’ which means ‘River of God’, a reference to the subterranean streams over which ‘Te Awa Winery’ is situated, and from which their wines draw their subtle characteristics.
Underneath the Te Awa brand, there are the ‘Left Field Wines’, run by master winemaker Richard Painter. Richard was awarded the ‘New Zealand Winemaker of the Year’ in 2018 at the ‘Royal Easter Show Wine Awards’ and there is a definitive reason why. ‘The Left Field’ collection is all about being original, expressive and unique. They adopt a whimsical approach to exploration, creativity and imagination is embodied in their wines. It is the birthplace of the unexpected, the weird and the wonderful. What makes them so unique is that their grapes are selected from all over New Zealand’s great winegrowing regions which means they all express a unique sense of site.
So what are these wines, let’s meet them. Their Sauvignon Blanc is from Nelson, Pinot Noir from Marlborough, Syrah, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay from Hawke’s Bay. Their exquisite Albarino from Gisborne boasts melon, peach and lime characters and is quirky from first sip to last. The Malbec from Hawke’s Bay is dry and rich with chocolate overtones and liquorice slice. The Rosé is a pure summer drop with red fruits and a dry finish from Hawke’s Bay.
To find out more about the Left Field collection and their wines, visit their site here.