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Esk Valley Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2018

58% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc grown within the prestigious Gimblett Gravels sub-region of Hawkes Bay.

Individual vineyard parcels were destemmed to fermenters and inoculated with selected yeast strains. Once active, the ferments were hand plunged to gently extract tannin and colour from the skins. After a period of maceration on skins, the new wines were pressed to barrel and tank for malolactic fermentation, then aged separately in French oak barriques (15% new) for 12 months.

Winemaker's Comments

This is a full-bodied and rich Gimblett Gravels blend. Densely coloured, it has a bouquet of blackberry and cherry with subtle oak seasoning, while the palate is softly textured and generous in nature. Due to its ripened tannins, the wine can be enjoyed young but will gain further complexity with age.

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    • Ratings and Reviews
    4 STARS - Dish Magazine | Drinks: Tasting Panel - Merlot (Yvonne Lorkin, Jane Rowan, Cameron Douglas MS), Issue 79

    Judges' comments:
    “Nicely weighted and balanced to drink,” said Cameron, while both Jane and Yvonne were impressed with its herbal and floral-forward aromas and warm, spicy layers of flavour.