2018 Esk Valley Winemaker's Reserve Chardonnay

2018 Esk Valley Winemaker's Reserve Chardonnay

4.5 Stars Richard Caro
2018 Esk Valley Winemaker's Reserve Chardonnay
4.5 Stars Richard Caro

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Another stunner from Esk Valley, the Winemaker's Reserve has just burst on the scene. It offers the holy trinity of buttery stonefruit, nutty oak and flinty mineral freshness. The latter keeps it vibrant and complex on the palate while all those more generous, rounded flavours work their satisfying magic. From a great vintage this is drinking really nicely now, but will also improve with age.

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$46.99 in mixed 6+ or $52.99 per bottle




Its Origins

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

Winemaker notes on 2018 vintage

"This is an elegant, complex and creamy textured chardonnay which vividly displays the complexities of this great vineyard site. Flavours of white peach, grapefruit, flint and nuts are to the fore with a long mineral finish. Naturally made, with a 'hands-off' approach it is both food friendly and age-worthy and vividly exhibits the land in which it was grown. Further complexity has been added with subtle oak and yeast-derived complexity from long term barrel ageing. Suitable for vegan and vegetarian diets as the wine was bottled with finings." Drink 2019 - 2025

5 Stars Michael Cooper (2015 vintage)

"Often one of the region's most distinguished Chardonnays. Highly fragrant, with a hint of 'struck match', the classy 2015 vintage (5*) was grown at two sites in northern Hawke's Bay (including the Esk Valley home block), and fermented and matured for 11 months in French oak barriques (30 per cent new). Elegant and weighty, it is youthful, with rich, peachy, citrusy and mealy flavours, impressive complexity and a sustained finish."

92/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski (2017 vintage)

"The 2017 Winemakers Reserve Chardonnay comes from the Bayview Vineyard, a unique, dry-farmed site planted on marine soils that were under water until an earthquake in 1931 raised this portion of the seabed. Gentle struck match notes frame white peaches, pears and citrus in this medium to full-bodied wine. It's plump yet elegant, with a silky texture and a lingering finish. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years for its lush fruit."

Stats & Food Matching

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    Hawkes Bay

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  • Maturity

    2019 - 2025

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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