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EskValley WinemakersReserve Chardonnay NV

Hawkes Bay

Winemakers Reserve Chardonnay

Only produced when quality matches our aspirations, this wine is an individual barrel selection of two Bay View vineyards: Brian Howard’s dry farmed vineyard in Bay View and our home block at Esk Valley estate. The Howard vineyard brings peachy notes and richness to the finished wine while our home block provides a grapefruit like acidity. This wine is crafted in a very hands-off manner, totally reliant on the quality of the fruit.


Tasting Notes

This is an elegant and creamy textured chardonnay which displays complex flavours of white peach, grapefruit, flint and nuts with a long mineral finish. Made with a 'hands-off' approach it is age-worthy and exhibits the land in which it was grown.

Download full tasting notes: 2018

Food Pairing

A rich and textural Chardonnay such as this is best matched with similarly weighty seafood such as sustainably caught New Zealand Crayfish.

Vineyards and Winemaking

This wine is an individual barrel selection from Howard's Bay View vineyard. The fruit was hand-picked and whole cluster pressed after overnight chilling. Only low juice yields were taken and run directly to barrel for fermentation with wild yeasts. The wine underwent extended barrel ageing with occasional lees stirring, before blending and bottling without finings.


Hawkes Bay

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