Esk Valley Sauvignon Blanc is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes sourced from vineyards in the Marlborough 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. It 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 grapes for Esk Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc are harvested from vineyard sites in the warm Wairau Valley (40%) and further south in the cooler Awatere Valley . The Wairau vineyards are planted on the “Southern Clays” with heavier soils providing structure and body to the blended wine. The Awatere Valley vineyards are planted on gravelly free draining soils and due to the cooler nature of these sites, pungent notes of nettle, gooseberry, citrus and pea pod are found in the finished Esk Valley Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyards are all carefully managed with shoot and crop thinning to limit yield and maximise quality.
Individual parcel of grapes for the Esk Valley Sauvignon Blanc are harvested and transported to the winery for immediate crushing to capture the freshness of the fruit. Fermentation is conducted at cool temperatures utilising selected yeast strains. Post fermentation the new wines are then left on lees to gain richness and complexity.
Esk Valley is an active and accredited member of Sustainable Wine Growing New Zealand (SWNZ). All of Esk Valley’s vineyards are accredited by SWNZ.