Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Verdelho 2017

Verdelho from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 10-Sep-2017
Very pale straw colour, near colourless. The nose is elegant and well-proportioned with aromas of tropical fruits entwined with subtle herbal elements. This shows freshness with good intensity. Dry to taste, the palate is tightly bound and taut, with a zesty and lively mouthfeel showing bright white florals with subtle notes of stonefruits and hints of tropical fruits. The palate is fine, and elegantly proportioned, the acidity carrying the wine along a fine-textured palate. This is Verdelho from a cooler, wetter year and while smaller scale is clean and varietal. An excellent effort. Seen by Gordon as the rosé style from white varieties. Fruit from the ‘Omahu Gravels’ and ‘Joseph Soler’ sites, indigenous yeast fermented, approx. one-third in 600 L demi-muids to 13.8% alc. and approx. 3-4 g/L RS, undergoing batonnage in one-third new oak, with no MLF. 800 dozen made. 17.0+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $19.99

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