Esk Valley / 2018 Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc.

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Esk Valley / 2018 Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc

COUNTRY/REGION: New Zealand/Marlborough.

GRAPES: 100% Sauvignon Blanc.

ABV: 13%

WINEMAKER NOTES: This is an intensely aromatic wine in a classic Marlborough style. True to its origins its flavours are a medley of ripe tropical fruits and notes of citrus and fresh herbs. It is dry and medium bodied with a crisp refreshing finish.

VINEYARDS: Stony vineyard sites in the Wairau Valley (40%) and further south in the cooler Awatere Valley were selected for this wine. The Wairau Valley fruit provides the blended wine with structure and tropical fruit notes while the Awatere Vineyard offers acidity and pungent notes of nettle, pea pods and gooseberry. The vineyards are all carefully managed and crop thinned in the pursuit of quality fruit.

VINTAGE: The 2018 growing season was the 3rd hottest on record, which means that "you can taste the summer in the wines" according to winemaker Goron Russell. A wet autumn and winter, although fortunately with no frosts, followed by a warm spring and a drier than usual summer meant the vines were in good condition at harvest. The harvest began in early March with white varietals, but harvesting of the reds happened much later in the season. The quality of the wines is evidenced by the array of awards they have won, with the Chardonnays in particular exhibiting a Burgundy-like nature: pure, elegant and ultimately delicious.

WINEMAKING: The individual vineyard parcels were harvested and transported to the winery for immediate pressing to capture the freshness of the fruit. Fermentation was conducted at cool temperatures utilising selected yeast strains. At the completion of fermentation, the finished wines were left on lees and stirred to gain richness and complexity before blending and bottling in late July 2018.

DESCRIPTION: Powerfully intense and pungently aromatic, this is Marlborough in a glass. Using grapes from handpicked vineyard sites, Gordon Russell puts his own unique stamp on New Zealand’s signature calling card.

DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers bonded warehouse’s, which have the optimum environment for fine wine storage, by carefully regulating temperature, humidity and other microclimatic factors.

As such, please allow between 7 and 10 days for your delivery to arrive.