Ngatarawa, apart from being one of the best Cellar Door visits in Hawkes Bay, is also a damn fine wine producer.
By far one of the most friendly and approachable of the wineries in the area. Nice people, great wines, great location. Unpretentious. Alwyn Corban and Garry Glazebrook established their venture in a former racing Stables back in 1981. Garry’s background was horse racing; Alwyn’s a long history of winemaking, going back to his west Auckland Lebanese forebears. The Glazebrooks have now sold their share to Alwyn’s cousin, Brian.
Cellar door and winery are located in charming old wooden stables, and there is an ornamental lake on the property. Wines are in four levels. Entry level is Stables range (about $19), then Silks (about $25), Glazebrook (around $29), and finally the top shelf Alwyn series (up to $60)
This one – a tad young of course being 2011 vintage, but showing the bright youthful qualities of a fresh white wine.
Colour – clear, pale gold. Aromas – citrus, hay, pear. Palate – crisp Nashi pear, lager, lime juice, hint of golden tobacco.
Verdict – great. Very young but approachable and refreshing.
Phil runs a not-for-profit business AKA Fine Wine & Food Tours Auckland New Zealand.