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Esk Valley Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2009

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Blended of 41% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Malbec from the Gimblett Gravels sub-region of Hawke’s Bay, the 2009 Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Malbec has a deep garnet-purple color and moderate to intense notes of warm blackberries, Chinese dried plums and mulberries with hints of baking spices, loam and dried Mediterranean herbs. Full bodied, it gives a taut structure of firm chewy tannins and crisp acid with just enough muscular fruit, finishing long and earthy. Drink it now to 2018.

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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

Blended of 41% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Malbec from the Gimblett Gravels sub-region of Hawke’s Bay, the 2009 Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Malbec has a deep garnet-purple color and moderate to intense notes of warm blackberries, Chinese dried plums and mulberries with hints of baking spices, loam and dried Mediterranean herbs. Full bodied, it gives a taut structure of firm chewy tannins and crisp acid with just enough muscular fruit, finishing long and earthy. Drink it now to 2018.

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