Clearview Estate 2016 ‘Old Olive Block’, Enigma’ and ‘The Basket Press’

15-Mar-2018

Established in 1996, Clearview Estate is one of Hawke’s Bay’s top performing and best loved wine producers. Owners Tim Turvey and Helma van den Berg have made a range full of consumer-friendly wines that are at the top level of quality. The friendliness of the wines and the people involved at Clearview is added to by the welcoming restaurant on site at Te Awanga, serving delicious food. All this has added up to a great track record of excellent wines led by the ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay, with a bevy of Bordeaux variety reds, earning the company my ‘Runner-Up’ to ‘Raymond Chan Wine Reviews Winery of the Year’ in 2017.

Clearview Estate continues to refine and grow the wines, and draws fruit from just over 24 ha of vines around the Te Awanga winery, supplemented with some Cabernet Sauvignon from the Gimblett Gravels. The total annual crush is around 200 tonnes, making around 15,000 cases of wine. I’ve noticed a distinctive step up in focus recently, as Tim works hard on the vineyard and wines. He is assisted by Matt Kirby and Rob Bregman who have fresh ideas and perspectives. In May last year, I paid a visit to Clearview Estate, and barrel samples of the 2016 reds impressed me immensely (click here to see my report). Here, I review the finished wines of the 2016 ‘Old Olive Block’ the Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend, the ‘Enigma’ Merlot-based blend, and the ultra-premium ‘The Basket Press’. www.clearviewestate.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Clearview ‘Old Olive Block’ Hawke’s Bay 2016
  • Clearview ‘Enigma’ Hawke’s Bay 2016
  • Clearview ‘The Basket Press’ Hawke’s Bay 2016

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