17 Jun 2010

Classic wines expected in Hawke's Bay

12:46 pm on 17 June 2010

Hawke's Bay Winegrowers is confident some classic wines will be produced in the region this year.

Executive officer Lyn Bevin says the results of a survey of members suggest it will be hard to pick a variety which won't stand out.

She says growers were initially concerned about reduced yields due to poor fruit set, and then a challenging cool summer which delayed a rise in sugar levels.

But, fortunately, a hot dry autumn provided ideal conditions to produce fruit with good flavour and acid balance.

Ms Bevin says one winemaker predicts 2010 will turn out to be the best vintage in Hawke's Bay for a decade.