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.