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Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2011


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Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2011 

Winemaker Notes

This is a full bodied and rich Hawkes Bay blend. Densely coloured, it has a  bouquet of dark fruits and subtle oak seasoning while the palate is softly textured  and generous in nature. Due to its well ripened tannins the wine can be enjoyed  as a young wine although it also shows the potential to age gracefully for many years gaining further complexity.


This wine was blended from grapes grown within the prestigious Gimblett Gravels  sub-region of Hawkes Bay. These free draining shingle soils have excellent  drainage and low vigour, ideal for the production of high quality red grapes. Our vineyard sites are close planted and yields per vine are kept low to maximise quality.


The individual vineyard parcels were destemmed to our fermenters and inoculated with selected yeast strains. Once active the ferments were hand plunged to gently extract tannin and colour from the skins. After a period of maceration on skins the new wines were pressed to barrel and tank for malolactic fermentation. The individual varietal and vineyard parcels were aged separately in barrel for 12 months before being blended and bottled.


The 2011 vintage gave us a warm growing season and a dry harvest period. The cooler nights experienced in early autumn have produced a balanced wine with clearly defined varietal flavours.

Drink now to 5 years+

Food match enjoy with:

• Grilled & Roasted Red Meats

• Pizza/Pasta

• Casseroles/Stews

Grapes Merlot 42.0%, Cabernet Sauvignon 32.0% Malbec 22.0%, Cabernet Franc 4.0% ABV 13.5% pH 3.74 Total Acidity 6.08 g/l

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