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Esk Valley Great Dirt Collection Hillside soil v2
EskValley Hillside MalbecMerlotCabernetFrancSyrah NV v2

Hawkes Bay

Hillside Malbec Merlot Cabernet Franc

Sister to the famed ‘Heipipi The Terraces’, The Hillside blend offers another view of the limestone and seashell laden soils of The Terraces vineyard. It leans more towards red fruit and plum than the distinctive brambly character of its sibling.


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Tasting Notes

This dark-fruited and complex wine integrates the structure of Bordeaux varietals with the elegance of Syrah. Flavours tend towards red fruits, plum, dark cherry and spice. Earthy tobacco and cedar notes add further complexity. The wine is soft and mouthfilling with well-ripened tannins and although approachable as a young wine should continue to develop complexity for many years to come.

Download full tasting notes: 2019

Vineyards and Winemaking

The Bordeaux varieties were hand harvested and destemmed to a single concrete fermenter while the Syrah, also hand harvested was fermented separately and blended later. The fermentations were conducted with indigenous yeasts and managed with hand plunging. A period of maceration followed to soften tannins and add complexity. The new wine underwent malolactic fermentation in French oak barriques and then given a further 18 months ageing before blending and bottling in March 2021. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Soils And Viticulture

This wine is sourced from the famed “Terraces” vineyard. This limestone-based vineyard on the northwest facing hillside at the old Esk Valley winery site in Bay View has long been known for its ability to make elegant and complex wine. The vineyard is densely planted and dry-farmed with extremely low yields per vine.

95 points - Bob Campbell MW
94 points - Cameron Douglas MS
95 points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit


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