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The Terraces

Esk Valley The Terraces 2016

A rare and collectible wine produced from the majestic 'The Terraces' Vineyard at Bay View. This steep north facing limestone hillside atop which sat Heipipi Pa, has been bottled as a single vineyard wine since 1991. It is a co-fermented field blend of Malbec Merlot and Cabernet Franc, fermented in a single concrete and represents the pinnacle of our winemaking aspirations.

Description

VINEYARD DESCRIPTION The Terraces Vineyard is perched on the steep north -west orientated hillside above the Esk Valley winery near Bay View in the North of Hawkes Bay. This sunny, sheltered site was originally planted in the 1940s and re-established with its current plantings in 1989. It occupies approximately one hectare and is planted with Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc which are harvested and fermented together as a field blend and true expression of the vineyard. The soils are complex with low fertility, containing layers of seashell and limestone, interspersed with clay and volcanic ash. The vines are spur-pruned, thinned to one bunch per shoot and hand harvested.

WINEMAKING This wine is fermented as a vineyard blend with the individual plots of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc being harvested and processed together. The grapes were hand harvested, sorted and destemmed to a single 80 year-old concrete vat for fermentation. Hand plunging was employed for cap management. The finished wine was aged in 50% new French oak barriques for 17 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

WINEMAKER’S COMMENT This is a handcrafted wine with much effort made to produce a wine that is a true expression of its site. The wine is deeply coloured and full of primary black fruits, including cherry and blackberry. As a young wine, French oak notes complement the fruit, but with time, complexity and vineyard nuances will predominate. This wine has been sealed with a screw cap to guarantee the quality of each bottle and offer even greater cellaring potential. FOOD MATCH An ideal accompaniment to meat and game dishes.

IDEAL DRINKING Enjoy up to 15 years from harvest.

TECHNICAL DETAILS Region: Hawkes Bay Varieties: Malbec 40%, Merlot 33%, Cabernet Franc 27% approx. Oak Use: French oak barriques (50% new) Alcohol: 14.0% pH: 3.77 Total acidity: 5.7gL Residual sugar: n/a

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