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Esk Valley Merlot-Cabernet-Malbec 'Reserve' 2004

Member Review by Lindy Hemsley:

Nine years have made this excellent blend outstanding. It still has those exotic dark chocolate (think Lindt 85%) and raisin Christmas-pudding qualities, but the tannins are butter-soft now and the acid is still high giving an overall impression of freshness. The merlot has really come to the fore with intense plumminess. A wonderful example of great NZ winemaking.

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Esk Valley Estate:
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 famous for its premium wine "The Terraces", which is only released those years when the terrac... Read more
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 famous for its premium wine "The Terraces", which is only released those years when the terraced vines on the banks above the winery, produce an exceptional vintage 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. Read less

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Snooth User: Lindy Hemsley
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03/23/2013

Nine years have made this excellent blend outstanding. It still has those exotic dark chocolate (think Lindt 85%) and raisin Christmas-pudding qualities, but the tannins are butter-soft now and the acid is still high giving an overall impression of freshness. The merlot has really come to the fore with intense plumminess. A wonderful example of great NZ winemaking.




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