This Verdelho is a single vineyard wine from our Omahu Gravels Vineyard located in the Gimblett Gravels. The vines were planted in 1998 and hold the distinction of being the first Verdelho vines planted in New Zealand’s recent viticultural history. The fruit reflects the stony soils in which they are grown and provides the wine with a mineral infused note and flavours of mandarin and passionfruit. These vines are intensively managed and cropped at low yields to fully capture the potential of the site.
The fruit was harvested and gently pressed before fermentation in both tank and aged French oak barrels. The wine in barrels was fermented with indigenous yeasts and left on lees until blending and bottling. The tank ferments were cool fermented to capture the pure vineyard derived aromatics and flavours.
Verdelho is a traditional and famous variety originally from 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 Verdelho from our Hawkes Bay vineyards since 2002.
This is a full bodied wine with a fresh acidity. It exhibits the exotic flavours and aromas of peach, passionfruit and mandarin.
With its crisp acidity this is an ideal wine for seafood and Asian inspired dishes.
Region: Hawkes Bay
Maturation: 40% barrel ferment
Total acidity: 6.45gL
Residual sugar: 4.6gL