Esk Valley Sauvignon Blanc is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes sourced from vineyards in the Marlborough wine-growing region of New Zealand. The grapes are harvested from vineyard sites in the warm Wairau Valley (33%) 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.