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Tickets on sale for Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction 2024

Peter Cowley and John Buck (Former Technical Director and Chairman of Te Mata Estate) and Nick Buck and Phil Brodie (Current Chief Executive and Senior Winemaker of Te Mata Estate).

Tickets are now on sale for the Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction 2024.

A celebration of the region’s outstanding wine industry, the Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction is also the largest annual private contributor to Cranford Hospice each year, having raised more than $300,000 last year alone.

For the very first time, a private collection spanning 40 years of Te Mata Estate’s Coleraine will be offered at auction.

The collection features a bottle from each feted vintage, from its very first in 1982, through to 2021 (with 1992, 1993 and 2012 being non-producing years).

The 37-bottle lot, donated by local wine enthusiast Stuart Tustin, showcases four decades of arguably New Zealand’s most iconic red wine, and is most certainly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Having cellared the collection since he purchased his first case of Coleraine in the 1980s, Tustin says it became clear he could “never break it up,” and decided to donate the bottles for good.

“This feels like the perfect opportunity to find a new home for the collection, at a healthy price, and support a fantastic facility,” he says. “I hope we do it justice.”

Among the remaining 40 lots on offer this year (everything from special magnum collections to quarter, half and full barriques), bidders may be tempted by the opportunity to purchase Syrah blended from the eight wineries in the Bridge Pa Triangle, expertly crafted by winemakers Barry Riwai and Jason Stent. The Barrique (300 bottles) of Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District Syrah 2024 En Primeur is highly scented, aromatic and savoury.

“It has to be noted that some of our 2024 lots are without doubt the most thrilling we’ve seen,” says Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction Chairman and former winemaker, Peter Cowley.

“We’ve been blown away by the quality of the lots so generously donated by winemakers and supporters, and the excitement that is building as we head into the auction is palpable.”

The first opportunity to sample the wines on offer takes place on Wednesday, August 14, at the Napier War Memorial Centre with the auction itself taking place at Toitoi Hawke’s Bay Arts and Event Centre on Saturday, September 14.

To see all lots on offer at the Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction 2024, and purchase tickets, click here.

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