Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Riesling 2007

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Situated in the north of New Zealand’s picturesque Hawkes Bay, at Bay View is The Esk Valley Estate winery. The winer...

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Winemaker's Notes:

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 'Black Label Riesling' is a blend of two Hawkes Bay vineyards. The first is the 25 year old Bennet Vineyard at Clive. Planted on sand and silt, these old vines yield a small crop of intense lime flavoured fruit and have long been the basis of Esk Valley Estate’s Black Label Riesling. Fruit from this vineyard was harvested on the 24th March and comprises of 80% of the finished wine. The other vineyard is the Johansen’s vineyard at Takapau in Central Hawkes Bay. Planted on heavy clay soils, this is a late ripening vineyard providing ripe fruit with excellent acid structure. This is a light and delicious wine made in a Germanic style. Low alcohol and some residual sugar balance the crisp acidity, making for a balanced and very drinkable wine, ideal as an aperitif or lunch wine. The flavours while young are lime and apple with hints of tropical fruits, which with time will become complex with toast and honey notes. Enjoy as an aperitif or luncheon wine. Especially good with Thai and Asian styled dishes.

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 'Black Label Riesling' is a blend of two Hawkes Bay vineyards. The first is the 25 year old Bennet Vineyard at Clive. Planted on sand and silt, these old vines yield a small crop of intense lime flavoured fruit and have long been the basis of Esk Valley Estate’s Black Label Riesling. Fruit from this vineyard was harvested on the 24th March and comprises of 80% of the finished wine. The other vineyard is the Johansen’s vineyard at Takapau in Central Hawkes Bay. Planted on heavy clay soils, this is a late ripening vineyard providing ripe fruit with excellent acid structure. This is a light and delicious wine made in a Germanic style. Low alcohol and some residual sugar balance the crisp acidity, making for a balanced and very drinkable wine, ideal as an aperitif or lunch wine. The flavours while young are lime and apple with hints of tropical fruits, which with time will become complex with toast and honey notes. Enjoy as an aperitif or luncheon wine. Especially good with Thai and Asian styled dishes.

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Sugar: 15g/L grams per liter

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