Esk Valley 2014 Rosé and Whites, and 2013 Chardonnays and Red

16-Dec-2014
Esk Valley winemaker Gordon Russell talks about the evolution of the styles of wines he has made there for over 20 years. His "goal is greater elegance and with drinkability”, to make "wines of subtlety and character while showcasing the great vineyards in which they are grown”. Along the way he has seen varieties come and go, and styles change to meet the preferences of the consumer.

With a selection of wines sent, Gordon is aiming to demonstrate the evolution of some of the wines he is making. The Rosé has arguably changed the most, first made in 1991, and unusually dry for the time then. Gordon has been lightening the style. Making Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for a number of vintages now, the challenges in 2014 came with high yields and rain at the latter part of the harvest. Gordon’s aim was for consistency and richness. Pinot Gris was first vintage in 2001, and as with the rosé has been to lighten it and make it drier. With Chardonnay, Gordon has been attempting to further differentiate the two bottlings. The ‘regular’ Chardonnay must still be rich, but the ‘Winemakers Reserve’ more complex and powerful. The Merlot/Cabernet/Malbec may have evolved the least. But again, greater elegance and showcasing the Gimblett Gravels is the intention here. My reviews follow. www.eskvalley.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2014
  • Linden Estate Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2014
  • Esk Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2014
  • Petane Station Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2014
  • Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013
  • Linden Estate Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013
  • Esk Valley ‘Winemakers Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013
  • Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2013

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