93 Points - Sam Kim Wine Orbit - New Zealand
4.5 Stars -  Michael Cooper’s Buyer's Guide - New Zealand
92 Points - Andrew Cailard MW Annual Vintage Selection

"Medium deep crimson. Intense black olive tapenade, dark chocolate, dark cherry aromas with roasted walnut notes. Muscular firm but vigorous wine with deep set choco-berry fruits, cedar/ sandalwood notes and grippy dry tannins. Finishes firm and tight with attractive dark fruit, sappy/ leafy notes at the finish. 2023 - 2030"

Winery note
"The individual vineyard and varietal parcels were harvested separately and fermented with wild yeast in our open topped concrete fermenters. Hand plunging was employed to gently extract colour and tannin. After a period of post fermentation maceration the individual parcels were pressed to french oak barrels and aged in cool cellars for 18 months, before blending in November 2020. This is Esk Valley's first Malbec based wine from our Gimblett Gravels vineyards. A very deeply coloured wine as you would expect from a Malbec based wine. It displays rich plummy, jammy Gimblett Gravels fruit on the nose with hints of tobacco and dried herbs. On the palate it is a medley of power and concentration from Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon allied with softer Merlot tannins. This is a full bodied and complex wine, and an ideal accompaniment to red meat dishes"


 

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Country:

New Zealand

Region:

Hawkes Bay

Variety:

43% Malbec, 40% merlot 17% Cabernet

Style:

Big, gutsy reds

Winemaker:

Gordon russell

Closure:

Screwcap

ABV:

14%

Bottle size:

750ml

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Food Match:

Hearty red meat dishes.

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