Linden Estate 2014 Gewurz and 2013 Syrah, Merlot and ‘Dam Block’

Linden Estate has a history stretching back to 1971. It is a familiar name on the Hawke’s Bay wine scene with its base being the 5.5 ha home vineyard, cellar door and restaurant at the start of the Napier-Taupo highway, adding to the recognition of the Esk Valley as a distinct sub-region. Under the current ownership since 2006, Linden Estate has been quietly growing its presence in the market. Janet Nielson oversees the operation with Trevor Shepherd as viticulturist and winemaker since 2010, Luke Cornwall as vineyard manager, and Frank Heusner as cellar door manager. The varieties planted are: Sauvignon Blanc; Merlot; Cabernet Sauvignon,Malbec, Syrah, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer. The experienced Ian Hill tends to sales and marketing. Here I review the 2014 Gewurztraminer, 2013 Syrah, Merlot and ‘Dam Block’ Bordeaux-blend.


  • Linden Estate Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2014
  • Linden Estate Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013
  • Linden Estate Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2013
  • Linden Estate ‘Dam Block’ Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay 2013

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