Esk Valley Estate Gimblett Gravels Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Malbec is a superb red wine blend from the Hawke’s Bay wine-growing region New Zealand’s North Island. Many people consider the Gimblett Gravels wine growing area within Hawke’s Bay to be one of the very best locations for growing red grapes in New Zealand.
Esk Valley Estate started trading under the Esk Valley name in 1987, having been an established wine company since the 1930’s, and is located in the heart of Hawke’s Bay. Esk Valley is considered a boutique winery and is unique in that many of the techniques used to craft its award-winning wines are dictated by the winery itself. They still use their old concrete vats and the layout of the buildings and the absence of modern technology mean the winemakers at Esk Valley have had to make wine in a simple, honest, hands-on way.
Esk Valley Estate Gimblett Gravels Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Malbec is made from a blend of grapes grown in the Gimblett Gravels sub region of Hawkes Bay. These free draining shingle soils have excellent drainage and low vigour. Esk’s vineyard sites are close planted and yields per vine are kept low to maximise fruit quality. 44% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc (not mentioned on the label).The different grape varieties are vinified and aged separately. The components are aged for 12 months in French oak barriques, 25% new, prior to being blended and bottled.