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"Omaha Beach is home to a lot of impressive things, including some of this country’s swishest seaside homes away from home and wines like this one, which is a blend of Syrah and Merlot. The Syrah provides the notes of black pepper and spice while Merlot contributes softness and this wine’s plush mouthfeel. The aging has been done for you with this wine, so drink this wine now or soon." - Joelle Thomson, Wine Writer
Looking for a great value NZ blend, with a bit of age? Well, you’ve come to the right place! We managed to get our hands on this 2012 Syrah/Merlot blend out of Omaha Beach, just north of Auckland and we think it’s a winner. Plums and black cherries explode on the palate, and the ageing process has given it an interesting smoky, leathery backbone that lasts for ages. Keeping this any longer would be too long, so if you need a wine for right now this is the one for you. - Wine Central Tasting Panel
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Hinemoa Wines is a small brand from the sunny north at Omaha Beach, 74 kilometres north of Auckland. This beautiful seaside spot is better known as a weekend and holiday region than a wine one and it’s in the Rodney District. It’s only a hop, skip and a jump for Aucklanders to get away from the big smoke, but the climate is warmer than in our biggest city.
Higher temperatures year round provide more heat for late ripening grapes, such as Syrah, Malbec and even mid ripening Merlot, which can all flourish in this part of the world, in a good vintage. The 2015 and 2016 wines recommended this week are from lovely warm, dry years. The 2012 is showing beautiful savoury development and represents a stellar bargain buy at this price.
Did you know… Together, Auckland and Northland are the third smallest wine region in New Zealand with 392 hectares of vines (which also includes Waiheke Island). The two regions that are even smaller are the Waitaki Valley in North Otago with 58 hectares of vines and the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, which together have just 15 hectares.
Producer profile by Joelle Thomson