Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Merlot Cabernet Malbec 2010

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73% Merlot, 14% Malbec and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon 13% grown on the stony soils of the Gimblett Gravels region in Hawkes Bay.

Individual parcels were harvested separately and destemmed to original 1930s concrete fermenters for fermentation. Indigenous and selected red wine yeast strains were employed and once active the ferments were gently hand plunged 4 times daily. After a period of post fermentation maceration the ferments were pressed to barrel and tank for malolactic fermentation. Aged 18 months in 50% new French oak barriques before blending, ageing in tank and bottling.

Winemaker's Comments

Widely regarded as one of the finest of New Zealand’s red wines. The 2010 vintage is deeply coloured with aromatics hinting at black fruits including cherries, spice and smoke. The flavours typical of Gimblett Gravels tend toward fruitcake, cherry, chocolate and oak spice. The palate is soft and mouthfilling showcasing the high percentage of Merlot included in the wine. Dry and long finishing, this is a fine vintage for this blend. 

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