Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Verdelho 2011

Verdelho from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 28-Jan-2014
Esk Valley has produced a dry Hawke’s Bay Verdelho since 2002. Hand-picked fruit from 12 y.o. vines from the ‘Omahu Gravels’ site and the ‘Joseph Soler’ vineyard, WBP, with 70% cool-fermented in tank, and 30% indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned oak with lees aging. The wine is 14.0% alc. and 6.3 g/L RS. Bright straw-yellow colour with deep green-gold hues, pale on edge. The bouquet is bright and lively with lifted tropical fruit aromas, along with citrus, exotic stonefruit and floral notes. A complex amalgam of smoky oak, flinty lees and bottle-age savoury nutty elements unfolds and fills the nose. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, an array of stonefruits, tropical fruits, nutty barrel flavours and flinty lees nuances form a deep and weighty core. The fruit is encased by soft, textures and a dry mouthfeel. There is good energy and drive, and the acidity is lively and balanced, adding to the linearity of the palate. The flavours carry through to a long, finely textured finish with savoury and nutty notes. This is a full-bodied Verdelho with tropical fruit flavours with complex winemaker detail and dry textures. Match with Middle Eastern and Asian fare over the next 2-3+ years. 17.5+/20 Jan 2014 RRP $20.00

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