[12 October/ New Zealand Herald]

42 unique wine blends were showcased at a tasting for the 26th annual Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction on November 11. Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction Chairman Tony Bish said the event was an opportunity to showcase the hard work winegrowers had put into their grapes and were happy with the profile the event gave to the Bay’s wine industry. The wines included two specially blended Te Mata Estate auction lots, an Octo Barrique of 2016 Syrah by Rod McDonald Wines, a Quarter Barrique Single Vineyard Syrah from Alpha Domus, Julianne Brogden’s six magnums of Ceresia 2013 Merlot/ Cabernet Franc and the Craggy Range special half barrique of wine. The auction will feature Artist Ben Pearce who is showcasing his Aspect 1 Corten Steel. All proceeds will go to the Cranford Hospice Foundation Trust.