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Esk Valley 'The Terraces' 2015

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Esk Valley 'The Terraces' Hawkes Bay New Zealand

Esk Valley is a benchmark of elegant, quality-focussed Hawkes Bay wines and the ‘Terraces’ Bordeaux Blend is a towering classic of New Zealand red wine.

This top Bordeaux blend of Malbec, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc comes from old vines grown on the steep, terraced, north-facing hillside flanking the Esk Valley winery in Hawke's Bay.  The steep limestone terraces face the sun for warm long-ripening with a sea-side micro-climate that gives this top expression a balance, elegance and finesse that is almost unmatched.   Through careful viticultural techniques, all 3 varieties are harvested on the same day and fermented as a field blend.

This is a strikingly bold, dark wine with bottomless depth of blackcurrant, plum and strongly spicy flavour.   Malbec (43% of the vines) and Merlot (35% of the vines) are typically the major components, supplemented by Cabernet Franc.   The Malbec gives 'perfume, spice, tannin and brilliant colour'.  Yields in the 1-hectare vineyard are very low, and the wine is matured for 17 to 22 months in mostly new French oak barriques.  It matures well, developing a beautiful fragrance and spicy, Rhône-like complexity.  One to collect in the cellar!

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  • 5
    Review by Raymond Chan

    Posted by wineNZ.com on 15th May 2019

    19.5/20 RATING: Black-red with a very dark, near impenetrable heart and purple hues on the edge. The nose has great density and concentration, with size, presence and power, showing interwoven aromas of ripe blackberries, cassis, black plums, ink and plenty of oak shine with vanilla and lead pencils. Some boysenberry, plum and jam elements unfold in the glass. Extremely rich, ripe and plush, the sweetness of the fruit is the feature. Flavours of blackberries, blackcurrants, boysenberries with exotic spicy plums fill the mouth and are supported by considerable tannin extract, the texture very fine-grained, powdery and refined, with fresh, lacy acidity lending liveliness to the mouthfeel. The tannin extraction and structure grows and carries to a sweet, super-ripe plummy finish. This is a wine of ripeness and sweetness with great structure. A blend of approx. 40% Malbec, 35% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc from ‘The Terraces’ vineyard, the fruit hand-picked and co-fermented in concrete vat, the wine aged approx. 18 months in 100% new French oak barriques.

  • 5
    Review by Michael Cooper

    Posted by wineNZ.com on 15th May 2019

    5 STARS: The powerful 2015 vintage is a densely coloured blend of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Robust (14.5 per cent alcohol), it has highly concentrated, ripe, berryish, spicy flavours, notably deep and smooth-flowing, with a finely textured, harmonious, resounding finish. A very 'complete' wine, it's already delicious, but should flourish with cellaring. Drink 2017 - 2030

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