46% Malbec, 31% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Franc
The original facilities were erected in 1933, called Glenvale, and after decades of fortified wine production it wasn’t until the late 1970s - still very early in the New Zealand premium table wine market - that Glenvale created the Esk Valley label to meet that demand. Price wars in the 1980’s saw Glenvale perish and the Esk Valley label picked up by George Fistonich of Villa Maria. Although it has been able to operate as a separate winery and develop its increasingly historic and iconic position, the investment and backing of the Villa Maria group has ensured it access not only to the best personnel and technology, but the best markets. Today, Esk Valley is a benchmark of elegant, quality-focussed Hawkes Bay production and its ‘Terraces’ Bordeaux Blend is a towering classic of New Zealand red wine.
What The Critics Say
20/20 Raymond Chan
"Black-red colour, with a black heart, near impenetrable. The nose is full, dense and voluminous with great breadth and depth of ripe black berries, black plums, unfolding an amalgam of spices, iron-earth, hints of black herbs and minerals. The nose is complete in expression, quite multi-layered and multi-dimensional. Full, firm, still quite tight and near closed on palate, the density and power grows, with concentrated ripe blackberry fruit entwined with spice notes, sweet oak and iron-earth and minerals. The tannin extraction provides mouthfilling structure, the acidity integrated. The trade-off is vitality for completeness. This is a monolithic wine, with immense drive and ripeness and density. A great wine. 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. 20.0/20 Sep 2017 RRP $163.50."
5 Stars Michael Cooper
"Grown on the steep, terraced, north-facing hillside flanking the winery at Bay View, in Hawke's Bay, this is a strikingly bold, dark wine with bottomless depth of blackcurrant, plum and strongly spicy flavour. Malbec (43 per cent of the vines) and Merlot (35 per cent) are typically the major ingredients, 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 all-new French oak barriques. 'En primeur' (payment at a reduced price of $99, in advance of delivery) has been the best way to buy. It typically matures well, developing a beautiful fragrance and spicy, Rhône-like complexity. Matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (100 per cent new). The 2014 vintage (5*) – the first to be named after the former site of Heipipi Pa, above the vineyard – is a blend of Malbec (46 per cent), Merlot (31 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (23 per cent). Deeply coloured, with a welcoming, ripe, spicy bouquet, it has dense blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, very complex and savoury. Already delicious, it should break into full stride 2019+." Drink 2016 - 2030
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