Hopesgrove 2014 Viognier, 2013 Chardonnay, and Syrahs 2013 and 2011

07-Aug-2015
Pieter Koopman has a favoured warm 16.2 ha vineyard site with close-planted vines on the Paki Paki hills southwest of Hastings. Vines were planted on limestone-influenced soils in 2005 following returning from studies in UC Davis and working in the Sonoma. At present, Pieter has approx. 3 ha in vines, with 1.4 ha Syrah, 1.2 ha Chardonnay, and 0.2 ha Pinot Noir and Viognier, aiming to reach 4.5 ha in the next couple of years, with a target of 8 ha eventually. Following a stint as cellarmaster at Craggy Range, Pieter is now a winemaker at the Hawke’s Bay Wine Co. His aim is to make "big, complete’ complex wines showcasing varietal character, with good cellaring potential, while still being accessible”. Judging by what I have seen to date, he is achieving this. Here, I review the 2014 Viognier, 2013 Chardonnay and Syrahs from 2013 and 2011. www.hopesgrove.com

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Hopesgrove ‘Estate’ Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2014
  • Hopesgrove ‘Estate’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013
  • Hopesgrove ‘Estate’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013
  • Hopesgrove ‘Estate’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2011

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