Zaria Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015 and 2014

Zaria is the wine brand of Bryce and Alena Edmonds who live on and tend the 6.8 ha ‘Lesley’s Vineyard’ in the Bridge Pa Triangle district between Bridge Pa township and Abbey Cellars. The vineyard in a family trust was established in 1998 and has 4.5 ha of Merlot, 1.3 ha of Malbec, 0.3 ha of Cabernet Franc and 0.7 ha of Semillon. It is named after his mother. Bryce has worked vintage in California, Australia, Bordeaux and Austria, as well as several vintages at Te Awa Winery with Jenny Dobson, who he cites as a significant influence to make his own wine. Bryce now is assistant winemaker at Beach House Wines.

The Zaria label began in 2011 with the production of 3 cases of rosé, but Bryce has been making wine from the ‘Lesley’s Vineyard’ fruit since 2006. With 3 barrels of wine in 2014 and 2 barrels in 2015, Bryce has decided to commercialise the wine. There is the intention to add a Chardonnay, rosé and barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc from contracted fruit in coming vintages. Bryce makes his wines at the Beach House winery on Mere Road in the Gimblett Gravels. Here, I review the 2015 and 2014 Zaria Merlot wines. To contact Bryce, Tel: 022 656-0321 or Email: [email protected]


  • Zaria Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015
  • Zaria Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2014

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