We asked Hawkes Bay Winemaker Hayden Penny for an overview of how the 2016 vintage went for 'The Bay' - here's what he had to say.
“The 2016 vintage in Hawkes Bay was somewhat unusual. A slow start due to a cool wet Spring was followed by a pretty hot, settled summer, however the vines never seemed to catch up after the slow start. Warm nights and humid days crept in in the first half of March followed by a wet second half of the month. Some of the warmer sub-regions within the Bay suffered through this rain and were forces to pick early. However, the Chardonnays and early Merlot blocks that were already ready and were taken before the rain seem to show good density and classic style. The cooler sub-regions seem to not be as affected by the March rains and April was the warmest we have had for a long time. Those who made it through the rain were left to pick whenever blocks were ripe with little to no weather pressure until well into May. So a mixed bag for the Bay this year but there were some outstanding wines made."
Hayden Penny – Snapper Rock, Hawkes Bay Winemaker.