Esk Valley Pinot Gris is made with grapes sourced from the Hawke’s Bay wine growing region of 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.
The fruit for Esk Valley Pinot Gris comes from three Hawke’s Bay vineyards. The Barber Vineyard in the Esk Valley is planted on river silts deposited by the Esk River while the Keltern and Noetzli vineyards at Maraekakaho are planted on the stony river terraces of the Ngaruroro River. Each vineyard is intensively managed to provide ripe fruit at low yields. All these vineyards are trained vertically on a VSP system and are extensively managed using shoot and bunch thinning. All fruit was handpicked. Each vineyard was harvested in the morning while cool, and the grapes were pressed as quickly as possible to retain freshness. After settling, the juice was fermented in a mix of tanks and seasoned oak barriques and then left on yeast lees until blending and bottling.