Ngatarawa ‘Stables Reserve’ 2016 Whites, Rosé and Reds


With Mission Estate purchasing Ngatarawa Wines in August last year, the industry saw the amalgamation of two moderately large, and well-established Hawke’s Bay labels. On the surface, it appears to be a doubling up of much of the resources and wines, but closer scrutiny shows that there are significant differences which make the combination particularly strong.

As far as wine tourism goes, Mission Estate and Ngatarawa remain separate entities, each offering their own personality (though Ngatarawa has just closed for the winter season). Both Mission Estate and Ngatarawa Wines have their wineries operating, though Mission is taking an increasing role in this part. Most of the Ngatarawa Wines estate vineyards have been retained, but there is some consolidation with contract vineyard fruit. And most importantly, most of the Ngatarawa personnel in the viticulture and winemaking areas have become unified with the Mission Estate team. The situation is similar with the sales and marketing staff. Alwyn and Brian Corban have withdrawn from the business completely now, and their long-time winemaker Peter Gough stayed on initially, but has just recently departed.

The Ngatarawa Wines brands are being continued, with more releases of ‘Stables’, ‘Stables Reserve’, Glazebrook’, ‘Proprietors Reserve’ and ‘Alwyn’ wines in the works. I’ve found there are stylistic differences between the Mission Estate wines and the Ngatarawa wines, simply put, the former somewhat more contemporary, and the latter more traditional. This is a positive, as the variety and range of wines in the portfolio is larger, but all have their individuality. It is interesting times as Mission and Ngatarawa move forward. Here, I review a selection of the latest Ngatarawa ‘Stables Reserve’ wines. These were made at the Ngatarawa winery. www.ngatarawa.co.nzwww.missionestate.co.nz


  • Ngatarawa ‘Stables Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Ngatarawa ‘Stables Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2016
  • Ngatarawa ‘Stables Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
  • Ngatarawa ‘Stables Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2016
  • Ngatarawa ‘Stables Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2016
  • Ngatarawa ‘Stables Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2016

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