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Esk Valley Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay Blanc 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Cool and crisp on the nose with a touch of fresh grass over smoked almond base notes and sour lime fruit. This appears to be very restrained on the nose yet aromatic at the same time. On entry this is cool, low in the mouth and a bit soft. The wine shows rounded edges and a simple expression of fruit, with nice interplay of restrained wood treatment and gentle apple and lime flavors. The finish is moderately long with a little minerality on the finale. 87pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Esk Valley Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay Blanc

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065219,785
3.50 5
02/28/2012

Cool and crisp on the nose with a touch of fresh grass over smoked almond base notes and sour lime fruit. This appears to be very restrained on the nose yet aromatic at the same time. On entry this is cool, low in the mouth and a bit soft. The wine shows rounded edges and a simple expression of fruit, with nice interplay of restrained wood treatment and gentle apple and lime flavors. The finish is moderately long with a little minerality on the finale. 87pts




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