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Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2018

This is a full bodied and rich Gimblett Gravels blend. Densely coloured, it has a bouquet of blackberry and cherry with subtle oak seasoning, while the palate is softly textured and generous in nature. Due to its ripened tannins, the wine can be enjoyed young but will gain further complexity with age.

Description

VINEYARD DECRIPTION This wine was blended from grapes grown within the renown Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District. These deep stony soils have excellent drainage and low vigour, ideal for the production of high-quality red wine. Our vineyard sites are close planted and yields per vine are kept low to maximise quality.

WINEMAKING The individual vineyard and varietal parcels were destemmed to our fermenters and inoculated with selected yeast strains. Once active the ferments were hand plunged or gently pumped over to extract tannin and colour from the skins. After a period of maceration on skins the new wines were pressed to barrel and tank for malolactic fermentation. The individual parcels were aged separately in French oak barriques for 12 months before blending and bottling.

WINEMAKER'S COMMENT This is a rich and full-bodied Gimblett Gravels blend. Densely coloured, it has a bouquet of dark cherry, blackberry, dried herbs and cedar. It is soft and generous in nature and can be enjoyed as a youthful wine, but possesses sufficient tannin to age gracefully for many years.

FOOD MATCH Enjoy with red wine and game dishes.

IDEAL DRINKING 2019 - 2030

TECHNICAL DETAILS
Region: Hawkes Bay ; Sub region Gimblett Gravels Merlot 49% Cabernet Sauvignon 33% Malbec 16% Franc Oak Use: 12 months in French oak barriques Alcohol: 13.0% pH: 3.66 Total Acidity: 5.72gL Residual Sugar: 0.0gL

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