COUNTRY/REGION: New Zealand/Verdelho.
GRAPES: 100% Sauvignon Blanc and 0.8% Gruner Veltliner.
Verdelho is variety made famous on the Portuguese Island of Madeira where for many centuries it has been used in the production of fortified wine. Esk Valley has been New Zealand's pioneer of this variety, producing a dry style wine from our Hawkes Bay vineyards since 2002. This is a full-bodied and dry style wine with a fresh acidity. It exhibits the exotic flavours and aromas of peach, orange citrus and passion fruit.
VINEYARDS: This Verdelho is produced from grapes grown in our Omahu Gravels and Joseph Soler vineyards. The vines were planted in 1998 and 2002 and were the first Verdelho vines planted in New Zealand's recent viticultural history. The fruit reflects the stony soils in which it is grown and the resulting wine has a distinct mineral note and flavours of orange citrus, peach and passion fruit. These vines are intensively managed and cropped at low yields to fully capture the potential of the sites.
VINTAGE: The 2017 to 2018 season was one of the warmest on record and a frost-free spring lead to good yields and a healthy start for the vines. Rainfall near harvest meant harvest began early but good flavour ripeness and balanced acidity was achieved – strong foundations promising some great wines ahead.
WINEMAKING: The fruit was harvested, destemmed and gently pressed to both tank and used oak barrels fermentation. The wine in barrel was fermented with indigenous yeasts while the tank ferments were fermented cool to capture the purity of aromatics and flavours. The individual parcels were left on lees and stirred until blending and bottling in July 2018.
DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers 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.