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Esk Valley, Hawkes Bay

Verdelho

This Verdelho is sourced from our Omahu Gravels Vineyard located in the Gimblett Gravels and our organic Joseph Soler Vineyard on the outskirts of Flaxmere. The Omahu 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 sites.

WINEMAKING

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. 

WINEMAKER'S COMMENT

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.

FOOD MATCH

Enjoy chilled with seafood and Asian inspired dishes.

IDEAL DRINKING

Enjoy in the first few years while young and fruity.

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