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Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Verdelho 2018

Verdelho is a traditional and famous variety originally from the Portuguese island of Madeira where for many centuries it was used in the production of fortified wine.


Verdelho is a Portuguese grape originating from the island of Madeira where for many centuries it has been used to make white fortified wine. In more recent times a new generation of global winemakers have vinified Verdelho to make a crisp dry wine and it is this style we have followed. Our Verdelho vines were planted in 1998 in our Omahu Gravels Vineyard in Hawkes Bay's Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District. The vines are spur pruned and trained upright on a VSP canopy, with bunch thinning, shoot thinning and leaf removal employed to ensure only top-quality fruit is harvested.

The fruit was harvested and quickly transferred to the winery for gentle pressing and settling before being fermented in both tank and a large format oak barrel. The barrel was inoculated and fermented with indigenous yeasts and the tank with a selected yeast strain to capture the purity of aromatics and fruit flavours found in the grapes. The wine was left on its fermentation lees with regular stirring until blending and bottling in January 2020. Only 150 cases were produced.

Verdelho is a traditional and famous variety originating from the Portuguese Island of Madeira. Esk Valley has been a pioneer of this variety, producing a dry style wine from our Gimblett Gravels Vineyard since 2002. This is a full-bodied wine, with a dry crisp finish. It exhibits ripe tropical flavours of peach and passionfruit, with underlying flavours of mandarin allied with a dry and long finish. A unique and intriguing wine.

Ideal with seafood and Asian inspired dishes.

Region: Gimblett Gravels - Hawkes bay Variety: Verdelho Oak Use: 30% barrel ferment Alcohol: 14.0% pH: 3.28 Total Acidity: 6.2gL Residual Sugar: 4.5gL
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