Esk Valley Estate

+64 (6) 836 6411 Main Road, Bay View PO Box 111
Napier,
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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 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 more »

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Esk Valley Merlot-Cabernet-Malbec 'Reserve' 2004

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    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 ... Read More

    Wine review by Lindy Hemsley


  • Esk Valley Merlot-Cabernet-Malbec 'Reserve' 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Barberolo


  • Esk Valley Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay Blanc 2009

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    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 treat... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • You’ve probably tried a few New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs and maybe even dabbled in the occasional Pinot Noir, but have you taken a look at their Chardonnays? If you haven’t, you really need to. I should probably rephrase that. If you enjoy a leaner, crisper style of Chardonnay that manages to be ripe yet firm with vivid clarity, then it’s time f... Read More

    From the article New Zealand Chardonnay


  • Esk Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2009

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    great wine, light enough but still maintained full flavor Read More

    Wine review by slbw


  • Black Label Chenin Blanc 2008

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    GOLD MEDAL - The International Wine Show 2008 (NZ)This is a full bodied white with classic Chenin Blanc characters of honey, quince and stonefruit with a mineral like acidity. The palate is full with a touch of residual sugar balancing the acidity. Great with goats cheese or enjoy with a wide array of seafood dishes and although enjoyable as a y... Read More

    Wine review by kiwifiz


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  • Well I have plans to include several Syrahs in this thread over the next 2 weeks but let me begin with one of my favorite Syrah producers. J L Chave and his lovely 1996 Hermitage:Richly aromatic from the moment this is opened offering up an array of gamy tones to the earthy, blackberry fruit. Integrated in the mouth with the acidity seemingly qu... Read More

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  • Esk Valley Black Label Hawkes Bay Verdelho 2004

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    Good varietal example. Higher alcohol, but balanced with fruit and acid. Viscosity adds to good mouthfeel. Read More

    Wine review by fruitwine


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