Esk Valley has long been associated with Chenin Blanc and for many years we were one of a very select group promoting this noble grape of the Loire, occasionally adding a sweet bottling to our offering. This recently bottled 2019 Winemakers Reserve Chenin Blanc, marks a return to a dry style, last produced in 2013. This wine is the first bottling for us from Ian and Linda Quinn’s Two Terraces Vineyard inland at Maraekakaho. Grown on a stony river terrace above the Ngaruroro River, this site is well suited, with high daytime temperatures and correspondingly cool nights. To make it even more interesting two clones (220 and 880) are planted and both were utilised in our finished wine.
A rich and full-bodied style of Chenin Blanc. It showcases the yellow fruit nature of Chenin Blanc, with notes of pineapple, quince and honey evident. The wine is
complex, a small amount of residual sugar provides richness in a Vouvray demi-sec
style. Delicious as a young wine, the wine will also gain further complexity with time
in the bottle.
Download full tasting notes: 2019
Fabulous with seafood, but for something different the yellow fruit, pineapple and honeyed character of this wine partners beautifully with Asian and Indian-style dishes of a similar intensity.
Vineyards and Winemaking
A single vineyard wine from the Quinn's Two Terraces Vineyard at Maraekakaho. Situated on a stony river terrace above the Ngaruroro River, this is a warm and welldrained site, with cool nights due to its inland location. Clones 880 and 220 were utilised in the finished wine. Intensive viticultural practices including shoot, bunch thinning and leaf removal were used in the pursuit of quality.
50% barrel fermented in old French oak demi muids.