As part of The Real Review 2021, our 2014 SQM Cabernets Merlot was recently reviewed by Bob Campbell and placed at #3 out of the 15 Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon blends.“Quite a youthful wine from a top Gimblett Gravels vintage. Moderately intense with blackcurrant, cassis, blackberry, cedar and spicy oak flavours. A vibrant, high energy wine, with a mellow texture that makes it quite accessible. It has serious cellaring potential.”- Bob Campbell, The Real Review , 96 points – See what makes this wine special here: bit.ly/SQM-Cabernets-Merlot
Raise a glass for International Pinot Noir Day!
“New Zealand Pinot Noir is something else. It’s fruity, soft and expressive.” – NZ Wine
Our 2020 Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir is a very distinctive and complex Pinot Noir with notes of cherry, plum and blackberry, gentle earthy tones and a little graphite.
A great 4.5-star review for our Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Stoned Crow Syrah 2019.
“Another wine from the excellent 2019 vintage for Hawke’s Bay, Stoned Crow is the signature bottling from Squawking. The structure is noticeable, featuring grainy, chalky tannins with high- toned acidity, which are very youthful at the moment. Recently bottled, it is still settling down, so should taste more integrated by mid-winter and really hit its stride over the next couple of years. Those who prefer more earthy, spicy, evolved flavours will likely gain enjoyment from opening their bottles in the second half of this decade.”
Cuisine Magazine – #3 NZ SYRAH TASTING RESULTS
This year the Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction celebrates 30 years and once again we’re looking forward to being involved in this iconic event.
Lot 33, our auction lot, is 1 beautifully hand-painted Double Magnum, and 12 bottles (12 litres) of our Limited Edition 2020 Heart of Stone Syrah. With all the characters of a terrific vintage in the Gimblett Gravels, this is a wine that can be enjoyed now, or cellared for up to ten years or more.
As you know, the annual auction always features some of the region’s finest wines and all auction proceeds are gifted to Cranford Hospice. Learn more about this event happening on the 18th September and book your tickets now: bit.ly/squawking-magpie-lot-33
The 2019 Gimblett Gravels Annual Vintage Selection has been revealed by Andrew Caillard MW and we’re very pleased to have both The Nest Merlot & Stoned Crow Syrah feature alongside a number of amazing wines from the region. These outstanding & iconic wines from Squawking Magpie continue to impress. The Nest Merlot received 98 points, while our Stoned Crow Syrah received 96 points & is now the most awarded AVS wine. Caillard applauded the vignerons for producing some of their finest wines yet, noting that “2019 will be remembered as a brilliant and classic all-round vintage”.
Our winemaker Jenny Dobson (pictured above) discusses the 2021 Vintage at Squawking Magpie in detail below.
“2021 has the hallmarks of a great vintage where nature has offered favourable growing conditions. It is rare when quantity and quality go hand in hand and Vintage 2021 will be remembered and celebrated for its wines of outstanding quality and enjoyment. These will be wines to enjoy in their youth, for their approachability and vibrance, and to savour as they age, for their complexity and elegance.
Despite several frost alerts in spring, bud burst across most varieties in Hawke’s Bay was early & 2 major rainfall events in November and unsettled weather during the month meant flowering was prolonged in some varieties and not so fruitful in others.
Summer weather was mild and dry & disease pressure was low throughout the season. As the growing season progressed, berry and bunch sizes were noticeably smaller than in previous years which has resulted in low yields across most varieties. Settled, mild weather over autumn allowed the luxury of basing picking decisions on grape flavour and acid balance in white varieties, and tannin maturity in reds. The resulting young wines are already showing exquisite balance and approachability. Flavours have a purity, clarity and excitement”.
We were very pleased to get two gold medals at the recent New Zealand International Wine Show. One for our 2019 Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc & the other for our 2019 PINK Rosé.
“The 2019 competition was conducted under the Chairmanship of Bob Campbell MW, New Zealand’s most experienced senior wine judge and this country’s leading wine educator. The senior judges involve a number of leading winemakers, several Masters of Wine and many key industry personnel. Most of the senior judges have each been involved in major wine competitions for more than a decade” – NZIWS
These two wines are always an extremely popular option, particularly with the summer months ahead. Learn more about these and our other award-winning wines at the link below.