Winemakers Reserve Wines
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve wines are made from grapes sourced from specific lower-yielding, intensively-managed blocks in Esk Valley’s Gimblett Gravels plantings.
Along with The Terraces, this is Esk Valley’s most iconic and revered collection of wines.
The Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Red is also the wine which pioneered the use of Malbec in Bordeaux-style blends in New Zealand.
The fruit is hand picked, de-stemmed, then loaded into Esk Valley’s open-top concrete fermentation vats where it is hand-plunged and left in its skins, before being pressed off into barrels for malolactic fermentation.
Each vineyard parcel is fermented and aged separately before blending. Sixty to seventy per cent of the wine goes in to new French oak barrels, creating a wine that is full bodied and powerful, but elegant and food friendly too.
"This is a wine that has been made to age well in the bottle, I can quite confidently predict that it will still be drinking beautifully in fifteen years." – Senior Winemaker, Gordon Russell