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Esk Valley Pinot Noir Hawkes Bay 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 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 Pinot Noir' is from the Keltern Vineyard at Maraekakaho. This inland site sits on an old river terrace of the Ngarororo River. It is a very free draining site, composed of sand on shingle base with high daytime temperatures, contrasting with the cool inland nights, ideal for Pinot Noir. This is a deeply coloured wine, showcasing the excellent 2006 growing season. It is very fragrant and very typical of Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir. Plums and black cherries dominate with a light oak seasoning. The wine has the soft mouthfeel so desirable in Pinot Noir, but a tannic backbone provides structure and ageworthiness. This is very a drinkable young wine, but cellaring will provide further complexity. Enjoy with lamb, beef and game dishes especially duck. Also goes well with most washed rind cheeses.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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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

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 Pinot Noir' is from the Keltern Vineyard at Maraekakaho. This inland site sits on an old river terrace of the Ngarororo River. It is a very free draining site, composed of sand on shingle base with high daytime temperatures, contrasting with the cool inland nights, ideal for Pinot Noir. This is a deeply coloured wine, showcasing the excellent 2006 growing season. It is very fragrant and very typical of Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir. Plums and black cherries dominate with a light oak seasoning. The wine has the soft mouthfeel so desirable in Pinot Noir, but a tannic backbone provides structure and ageworthiness. This is very a drinkable young wine, but cellaring will provide further complexity. Enjoy with lamb, beef and game dishes especially duck. Also goes well with most washed rind cheeses.

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