Hawk Haven Wines

Sandy soils and cool ocean summer breezes create the perfect growing conditions for crafting fine artisan wines. Hawk Haven uses local and estate grown vinifera grapes in all our wines. Below is a list of the wines we currently carry. Selection varies throughout the year; check back often to see what varietals and vintages we’re offering today.

Stop by our Wine Tasting room to taste any of our award-winning wines (click here for our Current Hours & Upcoming Events), or call us at (609) 846-7347 or e-mail us at info@hawkhavenvineyard.com to have our wine shipped directly to your doorstep.

White Wines

American Kestrel White

100% Chardonnay
Aged stainless steel
9-14% ABV (table wine)
Bottled June 21, 2014
Produced 422 cases

This light white table wine is part of our Hawk Series wines and is named after a bird of prey known to migrate through the Outer Coastal Plain. Stainless steel fermenting enhances the bright and fragrant flavors of citrus, fresh apricot, and lemon. A fruit forward wine with a mineral, flinty edge. Try with crab or a light white fish.


2012 Pinot Grigio

100% Pinot Grigio
Aged 9 months in stainless steel
13.1% ABV
Bottled April 2013
Produced 473 cases

Bright and mouth-filling with flavors of Bosc pear, honeydew melon, kiwi, and grapefruit. Lingering finish of grapefruit. A great starter wine, or pair with a shellfish entree.


2012 Riesling

100% Riesling, 0% Residual sugar
Aged 9 months in stainless steel
13.1% ABV
Bottled April 2013
Produced 504 cases

Green apple and white peach. A tangy, clean finish rounds out the wine, making it a true delight. A great wine selection for the holidays, a definite crowd pleaser.


2013 Chardonnay

100% Chardonnay
Aged 9 months in French Oak
13.1% ABV

Wine Notes: TBA


Red Wines

Northern Harrier Red

63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc
Aged in French oak
9-14% ABV (table wine)
Bottled July 2012
Produced 979 cases

Our Northern Harrier is the third wine in our Hawk Series of wines. A Northern Harrier is a long-winged, long-tailed hawk of open grassland and marshes. This blend of three grape varietals achieves the winemaker’s goal of producing a fun, everyday red wine. A pleasant example of a Bordeaux from New Jersey. Nice balance of fruit and tannins brightened with acidity. This wine craves food! Pair with everyday meals: brick oven pizza, pasta dishes, rustic sandwiches.


2011 Proprietor’s Blend

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah
Aged in French oak
9-14% ABV (table wine)
Bottled August 2013
Produced 423 cases

A cru bourgeois from a good year, nice everyday drinking wine. Pretty aromas of coffee, leather, strawberry, and dried herbs. Medium bodied with soft tannins and good balance. Try with grilled pork chops.


2011 Merlot

Hawk Haven Estate Merlot100% Merlot
Aged 23 months in French oak
13.9% ABV
Bottled August 2013
Produced 138 cases

A classic Merlot on the nose- plum, cherry, dried herbs. Medium-to-full bodied wine with great balance and a richness from its refined tannins. Long finish of sour cherry candy. This wine will age well for 7 to 12 years.


2011 Talon

IMG_1883-Edit33% Sangiovese, 33% Merlot, 33% Syrah
Aged 23 months in French oak
13.4% ABV
Bottled August 2013
Produced 221 cases

Our version of the Super Tuscan blend. A wine that will improve for 5 to 15 years. Nose: plum, strawberry, camphor box, nutmeg. Mouth: creamy, full entry, mouth-filling, and refined. Flavors of strawberry jam, autumnal forest floor, and hints of citrus. Finish: long (we are talking more than a minute here), alpine strawberry, orange ring. Pair this wine alongside a nice, juicy steak.


Red-Tailed Rose


Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, 2% White Zinfandel
Aged in stainless steel
9-14% ABV (table wine)
Bottled June 21, 2014

Tasting notes:


Wine Maker’s Signature Series

An experimental farmer, he takes chances and pushes the envelope. Our estate vines are his most prized asset. Those that rise to the challenge, producing what he considers worthy, earn the Signature Series label of his limited production, artisan wine collection.

2012 Viognier

100% Viognier
Aged 7 months in French oak
13.6% ABV
Bottled April 2013
Produced 25 cases

Tasting Notes: Pronounced Vee-on-YAY, this varietal is known for high alcohol, low acidity, and flavors of peach, apricot, and spice. Its recent rise in popularity has challenged the long-running worldwide monopoly of Chardonnay.  A good wine, for sure. Try with spicy Thai cuisine or chilled shellfish.


2012 Barrel-Fermented Dry Riesling

100% Riesling
Aged 7 months in French oak
13.5% ABV
Bottled April 2013
Produced 43 cases

A beautiful example of our daring wine making techniques! This barrel-fermented dry Riesling was made to pair with the wine maker’s favorite dish: Cape May Salt Oysters.


2011 Tempranillo

100% Tempranillo
Aged 22 months in French oak
13.9% ABV
Bottled August 2013
Produced ~300 bottles

Strawberry, smoke, camphor, leather. Young typically rough tannins that give way quickly. Be patient and lay this wine down for a few years, then pair with a grilled lamb and you will be transported to Basque Country! Typical of Spanish Tempranillo- this wine should age well for about 10 years.


In the Cellar

Below are previous vintages, varietals, and blends that are now in the Winemaker’s Cellar and no longer available.

2007 Red Table Wine
2007 Merlot
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Pinot Grigio
2008 Chardonnay
2008 Riesling
2008 Red Table Wine
This wonderful blend of a young and vibrant Chamborcin along with the bold, yet well rounded Cabernet Sauvignon make this a versatile wine for a wide variety of food pairings.  The 2008 Cabernet was aged in oak for 21 months to allow for ample maturity of its tannins.  While the 2009 Chamborcin was aged in stainless steel in order to retain its fruity youthfulness.  Beautiful aromas of raspberry from the Chamborcin lead into structured layers of blueberry, blackberry and nutmeg from the Cabernet.  Medium bodied with a refined finish.  Try with Red Snappersautéed in a classic lightFrench Provençale sauce.  Cheese pairing suggestion:  Etorki or Gruyere de Comte.  Awarded a silver medal in the World Wine Championship.  88 point rating and highly recommended by Beverage Testing Institute:  Garnet violet color. Aromas of stewed berries, herbs, and tomatoes and dried leaves with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chocolate covered cherry and nutskin accented finish. A nice, earthy table wine that will go well with roasts and stews.
2008 Merlot
Our 2008 Merlot is an exceptional wine marked by natural balance, rich concentrations of fruit and a delicate harmony of soft, round tannins.  A classic bordeaux on the nose.  Full, rich velvet in the mouth with a long graceful finish.  Lush plum flavors with dried fruit and a hint of strawberry tart.  A classic Merlot.  Try with Roast Duck over sweet potato risotto.
2008 Quill
Classic Bordeaux structure with grace and power.  Mouth-filling with a wonderful tannin, acid interplay.  On the nose blackberry and plum with a hint of minerality.  An excellent food wine you must try with New Zealand Rack of Lamb.  Cheese pairing suggestion: Havarti.  Awarded a gold medal in World Wine Championship.   93 point rating and highly recommended by Beverage Testing Institute:  Deep garnet color. Aromas of clay, buttercream, mint tea, and cranberry coulis with a supple, silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, smooth, herbal and savory root vegetable, tomato and apple skins, menthol tobacco ash, and cedar accented finish. Distinctive, dynamic and exotic; will go brilliantly with Middle Eastern lamb.
2008 Talon
This is an excellent food wine with European stylings.  On the nose graphite, ripe perfumed blueberry, cheery and pie spice hints.  Full, rich structure and well integrated French oak, a two minute finish with the flavor of blueberry pie.  Will evolve for 5 years and drink well for ten.  Try with Braised Short Rib accompanied by crab whipped potatoes.  Awarded 92 points and a Gold Medal by The World Wine Championship.

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aged 21 months in French oak
13.5% ABV
Produced 217 cases, bottled July 15, 2010

Plucked from the most mature vines of our vineyard, our estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the wine-maker’s favored varietal. The fruit was hand picked, gently de-stemmed, then fermented with as many whole berries as possible to preserve the delicate fruit flavors and aromas. Aged 21 months in 80% new French oak. Aromas of autumn leaves, chocolate coffee bean and red clay. Tart pomegranate and herb accented finish. A robust wine with a nice dose of Old World charm. Medium- to full-bodied. Try with filet mignon sauce au poivre, dolce gorgonzola, and caramelized onions. Awards: 2011 World Wine Championship Gold Medal, 91 Points- “Exceptional” (Beverage Testing Institute)

2009 Pinot Grigio
2009 Chardonnay
The grapes for our 2009 Chardonnay were harvested in late September. Aged in 80 % new French oak for slightly over 9 months.  Aromas of cream frosting, honeycomb and lemon-pineapple yogurt.  Notice the sense of place in the Burgundian vein.  Try with Bouillabaisse.
2009 Riesling
2009 Red Table Wine
2009 Merlot
A classic Merlot.  Medium-to-full bodied.  Very Bordeaux in nature.  Fine tannins.  Cherry, dried lavender and rose petal flavors float in a creamy texture with an excellent balance.  This wine will improve for 10 years.   Awarded a silver medal by World Wine Championship and a bronze medal in the International Finger Lakes Wine Competition.   88 point rating and highly recommended by Beverage Testing Institute:  Ruby red color. Aromas of plum pudding and tomato chutney with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nice kiss of vanilla and peppery spices on the gentle finish.

2009 TALON
Our second vintage of this star-studded blend. Gull brooding aromas of blackberry, strawberry jam and camphor. Jammy flavors  and a rich, sweet entry give way to a long finish of wild strawberry. A wine that will improve for 5 to 8 years. Pair this wine with a juicy steak and you will be left begging for more. Awards: 2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Bronze Medal

2009 Tempranillo
2010 Pinot Grigio
Our 2010 Pinot Grigio is lively with bright acidity and a long finish.  The grapes were harvested at full maturity, whole cluster pressed and cold fermented over a three month period.  The wine was bottled young to capture the subtle aromas.  White peach and jasmine aromas with flavors of peach giving way to ripe apricot.  Pair with a buttery, light fish.  Awarded a bronze medal in the International Finger Lakes Wine Competition.
2010 Chardonnay
A mouth filling, yet restrained, very structured wine.  Creamy with bright acidity.  Flavors of lemon, kiwi, mango and a hint of oak spice.  Burgundian in style.  A hint of butter and lemon crème brulee.  Pair with salmon or chicken.  Awarded a silver medal by New Jersey Monthly Wine Competition, a silver by the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, a silver by World Wine Competition.  88 point rating and highly recommended by Beverage Testing Institute:  Golden yellow color. Aromas of roasted pineapple and toasty meringue with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a honeyed apple, lemon mousse, fruit salad, and delicate brown spice accented finish. Tasty.
2010 Riesling
Our Riesling is semi-dry with a hint of sweetness to enhance the natural fruit flavors.  Cinnamon and lychee fruit are at the forefront.  A tangy, clean finish rounds out this wine, making it a true delight.  This is a great wine selection for the holidays.
2010 Gewurztraminer- Signature Series
Offered to our Wine Club Members only.  Awarded a silver medal in World Wine Competition and a bronze in the International Finger Lakes Wine Competition.  87 point rating and highly recommended by Beverage Testing Institute:  Golden color. Lush fresh baked peach strudel and orange sorbet aromas with supple, fruity medium body and a honeyed golden raisin chutney and apple-pear cider finish. A nice late harvest style gewurz.
2010 ViognierSignature Series
Offered to our Wine Club Members only.  Awarded a bronze medal in the International Finger Lakes Wine Competition.
2010 Merlot
A classic Merlot. Medium-to-full bodied. Very Bordeaux in nature. Fine tannins. Cherry, rich berry, spice with an excellent balance. This wine will improve for 10 years.
2010 Reserve Merlot
Deep, rich nose with pie spice, blackberry, and raspberry. In the mouth the wine builds in intensity. Mouth-filling with refined tannins that add richness, flavors of raspberry, sweet fruit, pie spice, cocoa. This wine rocks! Will age well for 10 to 20 years.
2010 Cabernet Franc
A perfect match for our southern Outer Coastal Plain vineyard conditions, Cabernet Franc vines thrive in sandy soils and fare well in a slightly cooler climate due to early bud and ripening. Although its known for it’s place in Bordeaux blends, Cabernet Franc produces an impressive single varietal wine with a lighter pigmentation but smoother mouth-feel than Cabernet Sauvignon. Our 2011 vintage has aromas of forest floor, dried leaves, plum, and blueberry. Medium-to-full mouth fades to a long, rich finish of dried blueberry. Pair with a grilled steak.
2010 Talon
2010 is our third vintage of this star-studded blend. A wine that will improve for five to fifteen years. On the nose, strawberry, mango, exotic spices. Mouth-rich, long fruit-driven finish, mouth-filling yet subtle tannins. Pair this wine alongside a nice, juicy steak.
2010 Quill
2010 is our second vintage of this classic Bordeaux blend. Structure with grace and power. On the nose, dried leaves, flower petals of rose and violet. Mouth-rich blackberry, sweet cherry core, and a long, pretty finish of blueberry pie. Will improve for up to 20 years.
2010 Petite Verdot
Petit Verdot is known for ripening much later than other varietals, so success with it on the East Coast does not come without struggle. Generally added to blends in smaller amounts to add tannin, color, flavor, and to stiffen the mid-palate as seen in our 2010 Quill, this single varietal Petit Verdot is the pride of our wine maker. Aromas of rosewood and coffee and flavors of mocha and berries with rustic tannins. Pair with roast duck.
2011 Albarino
2011 Riesling
2011 Gewurztraminer
Pronounced guh-VOORTZ-truh-MEE-nor. The first planting of Gewurztraminer at Hawk Haven was in 2008. We have been very pleased with the first two vintages of this delicious and fruity wine. The 2011 vintage has flavors of elderberry and lychee fruit with a very perfumed and flowery bouquet. Our cheese suggestion is Munster. Try with spicy cuisine.
2011 Chardonnay
Beautiful nose. Flavors of pie spice and apple with a hint of buttery loveliness. Pair with salmon, oysters, or chicken.
2012 Albarino
A grape varietal originating in Galicia Spain, Albarino (pronounced ahl-bah-REE-nyoh) is known for it’s distinctive aroma, light body, high acidity, and flavors of honeysuckle, lime, and vanilla. Our third vintage carries sweet aromas and flavors of orange and tangerine. Try with spicy garlic shrimp.
2012 Chardonnay
Ripe Bosc pear, clove with a mere hint of butterscotch. Mouth filling with a great balance between rich fruit flavors and acidity that keeps the wine alive in the mouth. Pear, butterscotch, and ginger flavors with a finish of pear and ginger. Pair with salmon, oysters, or chicken.
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
European styling with bright acidity make this a perfect food wine. Flavors of melon and kiwi. Pair with chicken in a thyme lemon broth or any seafood.
2012 Reserve Chardonnay
Some vineyard owners choose to plant clones in hopes that they are better suited to their growing region or terroir. Others might choose to plant a close to achieve specific characteristics in their wine. Years ago Todd carefully chose the Dijon clones 76 and 95 looking for a lower-yielding, more flavor concentrated cluster of Chardonnay. This is his first vintage of a clone specific wine, and rest assured that there is method to his madness! Flavors of dried mango and vanilla delight the palate. This wine demands to be paired with a luxurious lunch or special occasion dinner.

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  4. Nancy and Jim Campbell

    My wife and I visit cape may 2 or3 times a year. We never leave without a trip to Hawk Haven and a number of some of the finest wines we have ever tasted. Thank you very much and we will see you this march. Jim and Nancy Campbell.

  5. Geri Huxsoll

    I am mostly a red wine drinker; however, the 2008 Chardonnay is one of the best white wines we have ever had! Please tell me if there are any more available and a price and how does the 2011 Chardonnay listed on your web site compare?
    Geri Huxsoll

    • Hawk Haven Vineyard

      Hi Geri! The 08 Chard was wonderful, wasn’t it? Unfortunately we are sold out, only a few bottles remain in the winemaker’s personal cellar. The 2011 Chard is delicious though, come give it a try! Apple notes with a light, buttery finish. Our 2012 will be coming out very soon, as well as a Reserve Chardonnay. We are open daily for wine tastings, hopefully you are able to stop by sometime soon.

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  7. Our entire family will be visiting your winery the week of June 17, when we celebrate my wife’s 80th birthday. She is a Corson descendant, and we understand that your vineyards are on the site of the former Corson Dairy farm! Looking forward to visiting you -Stu and Jane Gothold

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  10. Carolus & Beverly Nieman, Edwin & Nini Rothwell, John & Julie Royhwell, Abby Domsic

    We decided to do a tasting and as inexperienced wine drinkers where pleasantly surprised at the details we were provided and the easy-going manner in which our group was handled, seems that no question was to stupid and our hostess seemed so happy to fulfill our special requests……….noticed that others were also getting the extra-special treatment !!!! A special tip of the hat to Mary Rose, she was such a joy to be around and so informative———-we even talked local eateries, and just felt we really got to know her!!!!

    Thanks for a great afternoon …………….

    Rothwell / Nieman / Domsic group

    • Hawk Haven Vineyard

      Thanks so much for the kind review!! Mary Rose is great, isn’t she? Hope to see you again soon!

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  12. We had a lovely rose’ at the Lobster Shack in Wildwood. Do you have any for sale?

  13. Carol

    I purchased your Rose in the past. Do you currently have that to order? I do not see it on this site list.
    Am I able to purchase elsewhere?

  14. Thanks for your quick reply. I live in Bound Brook, Somerset County, so it’s rather a trek to the liquor stores which carry Hawk Haven! Now we have to work on spreading the good word and expanding your market!

    • Hawk Haven Vineyard

      Yes indeed! Next time you’re in town, visit our tasting room to see if you find anything else you like :) We are open daily year-round.

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  16. Linda Brzezicki

    Hello, We were at the Vineyard a couple weeks ago and were told that the Rose would be available again in June. Is that correct? We are wine club members from a little over a year ago and was going to renew when we were there but thought we would wait for the Rose to come back out so we could include that in our purchase. Thank you. :)

    • Hi Linda,

      We are bottling in June (next week in fact) but those wines won’t be released until starting in July/August. If you are signed up for our e-newsletter, we will announce new wine releases on there as well as on our facebook page. If you have any other questions, shoot me an email info@hawkhavenvineyard.com

      • Linda Brzezicki

        Thank you for the response. We will be back real soon. Love all your wines! Yes, we are signed up for the newsletter. :)

  17. tracy freeland

    Good afternoon…my family and I were on the Spirit of Cape May wine tasting on August 8th 2014…we were served a Rose…I would like to purchase a few bottles but do not know the name! Thank you Tracy Freeland…Just to let you know the sunset cruise was absolutely a wonderful time…we plan on getting other family and friends on the next available cruise:)

    • Hi Tracy! Glad to hear you enjoyed our Red-Tailed Rose!! We are open daily for you to come taste our wines and make purchases. If you live in New Jersey, we can even ship!

  18. Judy White

    My husband and I visited the vineyard in September and thoroughly enjoyed the tour and wine tasting! We bought home a few bottles of white, but while we were they you were bottling Cabernet. Can you tell me when that will be available? I’m dying to try it!

    • Hi Judy! Thanks for visiting and we are glad you enjoyed our wines! Yes, finally we will have a Cabernet Sauvignon for the first time since our 2007 vintage!! We are expecting to release this and a few others by November but you know how things go, sometimes it can be hard to predict when a wine is ready and our wine maker is very particular about waiting until the wines are just right before we release them. But be sure to join our email list and like our facebook page, as those places are where we will first announce new releases.

  19. Sherrry

    Hi! We are case-club members and long time fans of Hawk Haven!
    The last time we were there, I thought I saw a barrel labeled “Malbec.”
    Has it been bottled yet? If not, when?
    Sherry & Tom Micka

    • Hi Sherry & Tom!

      Thank you for being a fan of ours! You did indeed see a barrel labeled Malbec, and you’ll be able to experience it in one of our newest blends of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. This blend will be released sometime this or next month. As you know, our Wine Club members receive complimentary wine tastings in our tasting room, and up to 20% off wine purchases.

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