Bridge Pa Triangle


Bridge Pa Triangle

Hawkes Bay is the second-largest wine region in New Zealand, over 4,744 hectares planted in vines, with the largest premium red wine production in the country. Hawkes Bay subregions are roughly divided into the Coastal areas, the Hillsides, Alluvial Plains, River Valleys and Central Hawkes Bay. 

Bridge Pa Triangle is right next to the more famous Gimblett Gravels on the Heretaunga Alluvial Plains, but should not be overlooked. It is roughly delineated by three roads: Ngatarawa Road, State Highway 50 and Maraekakaho Road. 

The Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District contains the oldest soils on the Heretaunga Plains, formed over thousands of years by the changing course of the lower Ngaruroro River. It is characterised by three main soil types: the Takapau and Ngatarawa series are both sandy loam over gravel, while the eastern border along Ngatarawa Road is primarily Te Awa clay loam on pumice sand. All three are free-draining, warm soils overlying “red metal” alluvial gravels that are ideally suited to viticulture, with sufficient water holding capacity to give balanced vines with only limited irrigation.

The combination of these special soils with high sunshine hours, low rainfall and Growing Degree Days comparable to Bordeaux makes the Bridge Pa Triangle a unique viticultural area.

I have recently tasted the below range of wines from the Bridge Pa Triangle District. I found these wines are of high-quality, with body and breath, ripened fruit characters and lively acidity balance; capable of upholding high proportion of new oak usage and worthy of ageing. 



  • Paritua Chardonnay 2018, Hawke’s Bay
  • Paritua Syrah 2018, Hawke’s Bay
  • Oak Estate 1000 Vines Reserve Chardonnay 2018, Hawke’s Bay
  • Oak Estate Syrah 2018, Hawke’s Bay
  • Sileni Exceptional Vintage Merlot 2013, Hawke’s Bay
  • Sileni Exceptional Vintage Syrah 2013, Hawke’s Bay
  • Alpha Domus The Batten Special Reserve Chardonnay 2017, Hawke’s Bay
  • Alpha Domus The Ace Special Reserve Syrah 2018, Hawke’s Bay
  • Redmetal Basket Press Merlot/ Cabernet Franc 2018, Hawke’s Bay
  • Redmetal Vineyards Basket Press Syrah 2018, Hawke’s Bay

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