Esk Valley
Situated in the north of New Zealand's picturesque Hawkes Bay, at Bay View is The Esk Valley Estate winery. The winery sources fruit from Hawkes Bay, including the world-renowned Gimblett Gravels and Marlborough, as both regions consistently produce grapes of an extremely high quality.Esk Valley is a boutique winery, but it is unique in that many of the techniques used to craft its award-winning wines are dictated by the winery itself. The old concrete vats, the layout of the buildings, and the absence of modern technology mean the winemakers at Esk Valley have had to make wine in a simple, honest, hands-on way.Senior winemaker Gordon Russell has established himself as one of New Zealand's most recognisable winemaking identities with his passionate approach to winemaking, and the enormous success he has achieved with his wines in tastings and competitions. He was appointed as Esk Valley winemaker in 1993, after working for Villa Maria in Auckland starting as a cellar hand from 1987, then becoming Cellar Foreman under Villa Maria's winemaker at the time Kym Milne MW. Gordon moved to Esk Valley as assistant winemaker to Grant Edmonds from 1990 and within a few years had been promoted to the position of Winemaker, which he has now held for more than 20 years.Gordon believes that the concept of 'texture' in a wine is as important as the aromas and flavours of the wine. By 'texture' he means the balance and harmony of the wine, together with complexity and palate interest. He aims to produce premium hand-crafted wines that are both elegant and sophisticated, and which truly reflect the character of the individual vineyards.
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