Esk Valley Chardonnay 2007
Situated in the north of New Zealand’s picturesque Hawkes Bay, at Bay View is The Esk Valley Estate winery. The winery sources fruit from Hawkes Bay, including the world-renowned Gimblett Gravels and Marlborough, as both regions consistently produce grapes of an extremely high quality. Esk Valley is a boutique winery, but it is unique in that many of the techniques used to craft its award-winning wines are dictated by the winery itself. The old concrete vats, the layout of the buildings, and the absence of modern technology mean the people at Esk Valley have had to make wine in a simple, honest, hands-on way. The people at Esk Valley are as important to the wine-making process as the vines and the high quality grapes they produce. The main pre-requisite for working at Esk Valley is a genuine passion and excitement for wine. This 'Chardonnay' is a blend of two Hawkes Bay vineyards. Brian Howard’s vineyard in Bay View is planted with Burgundy clone 95. The vineyard is sited on the old tidal estuary of the Esk River before the 1931 earthquake and is dry farmed without irrigation. The other vineyard is our Ngakirikiri Vineyard on the stony soils of the Gimblett Gravels. This vineyard was planted in 1992 and its clone 15 vines produce a flinty mineral wine which provides the backbone for the more robust fruit characters of the Howard Vineyard. Both vineyards are intensively managed with very low yields in the pursuit of excellence. This is a full bodied Chardonnay which displays vineyard derived complexity and elegance. Naturally made with a ‘hands off’ approach it is food friendly and age worthy, vividly exhibiting the ripe stone fruit notes of Bay View Chardonnay with the more mineral characters of the Gimblett Gravels. Subtle oak and lees derived complexity from long term barrel ageing adds further complexity. Enjoy with rich seafood dishes especially crayfish, chicken dishes and hard cheeses.
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