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A. Esk Valley Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2018 *

Esk Valley

A. Esk Valley Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2018 *

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Esk Valley Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2018

This is a medium bodied and elegant Hawkes Bay Chardonnay. Its flavour profile is a mix of ripe peach, intermingled with hints of butter, grilled nuts, grapefruit and subtle oak spice. It is both complex and delicious.

Food match
Ideally suited to rich seafood dishes or white meats such as pork or chicken but equally delicious as an aperitif or with nuts and hard cheeses.

Ideal drinking
2019 - 2024

Technical details
Varieties: Hawke's Bay Chardonnay
Oak use: 92% barrel fermented, 12% new
Alcohol: 13.0%
pH: 3.43
Total Acidity: 6.07gL
Residual Sugar: 0.0gL

About Esk Valley

The fruit for this wine is sourced from vineyards planted in a selection of Hawke's Bay's many sub-regions and provide natural acidity. Bay View Vineyards provide ripe stone fruit characters while sites on the cooler terraces above the Tutaekuri and Ngaruroro Rivers add a flinty grapefruit note. Shoot thinning, leaf plucking, and bunch thinning are all practised in the pursuit of quality.

"This is a medium bodied and elegant Hawkes Bay Chardonnay. Its flavour profile is a mix of ripe peach, intermingled with hints of butter, grilled nuts, grapefruit and subtle oak spice. It is both complex and delicious."

The individual vineyard parcels were harvested separately in mid to late May and fermented in both tank and French oak barriques ( 92%). 27% of the wine was allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation to soften the wine and add richness and complexity. The finished wines were left on their yeast lees with regular stirring until blending and bottling in February 2019. No palate fining agents were utilised in the production of this wine.