Esk Valley, Hawkes Bay
This is a single vineyard wine from the Moteo Terraces Vineyard, situated on a river terrace above the Tutaekuri River near Moteo Pa. This is a free draining site with a northerly aspect, ideal for the production of quality Chenin Blanc. The vines are intensively managed to control yield and vigour.
The fruit is destemmed, lightly pressed and then gravity fed to both tank and aged oak for fermentation. Cultured yeasts are employed for the tank fermentation to capture aromatics while indigenous yeasts are utilised for the barrel ferments. The tank ferment is stopped with a small quantity of residual sugar to balance the natural acidity of the finished blend. The new wines are then left on lees till blending and bottling.
This is a medium bodied white wine with classic Chenin Blanc characters of honey, quince and stone fruit with a mineral-like acidity. The palate is full with a touch of residual sugar balancing the acidity. Although enjoyable as a young wine, our experience with previous vintages suggests that the wine will develop further complexity with two to 10 years ageing.
Ideal with seafood, Asian and Indian-style dishes.
Enjoy for one to ten years.