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EskValleyReserve GimblettGravels MerlotCabernetSauvignonMalbec NV

Gimblett Gravels

Winemakers Reserve Bordeaux Blend

Our Winemakers Reserve blend is widely regarded as one of New Zealand's finest red wines with a pedigree that stretches back to 1990. Utilising the softness and generosity of Merlot as a base, this classic Bordeaux inspired blend is a signature wine of the Esk Valley stable. Cabernet Sauvignon provides the backbone and the addition of Malbec adds spice and colour.


Tasting Notes

The wine is deeply coloured and mouth-filling with firm but supple tannins. Black olive, cherry, red plum, sage and dried herb flavours are complemented by an overlay of cedar from barrel maturation. This a complex and age-worthy wine.

Download full tasting notes: 2018, 2016, 2014

Food Pairing

A great match to hard cheeses and red meat dishes.

Vineyards and Winemaking

This wine is a blend of grapes grown in the stony soils of the Gimblett Gravels. Intensive viticultural practises such as shoot thinning, leaf plucking and bunch thinning were all employed over the course of the growing season. Perfectly ripened fruit was fermented in custom concrete fermenters and hand plunged which produces our signature dense yet silkily structured style of red wine.


Gimblett Gravels

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