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Esk Valley - Chardonnay 2018

New Zealand
White wine from Hawke's Bay · New Zealand
Price: £76.95
Case Rate: £12.83
Ex Tax: £64.13
Wine Region: Hawke's Bay
Winery: Esk Valley
Wine Maker: Gordon Russell
Grape: Chardonnay
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
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Rating 88 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
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Wine Region: Hawke's Bay
Winery: Esk Valley
Wine Maker: Gordon Russell
Grape: Chardonnay
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now

Wine tasting notes

Inviting aromas of peach and melon, lightly washed with butter and sprinkled with oak spice. The peach comes through on the richly-textured palate, streaked with bright grapefruit and mingled with nuances of roasted nuts. Elegant mineral finish – rather moreish!

Food matching

Ideally suited to rich seafood or white meat dishes.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015) - 88 pts

Dec 2016 - : Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The 2015 Chardonnay has a pronounced cedar and butterscotch-led nose with a core of apricot preserves, quince paste and apple pie. The palate is medium-bodied with a lashing of oak and spice characters, plus a good amount of spiced apple and stone fruit, finishing long. It's an old-school, oaky butterball, but nicely done, if you like this style.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2011) - 89 pts

Bright lemon-yellow. Aromas of peach, macadamia nut and minerals, along with a complicating smoky nuance. Ripe, sweet and easygoing, boasting lovely intensity to its stone fruit and nutty oak flavors. Finishes nicely firm, with hints of minerals and grapefruit and a repeating nutty quality. -- Stephen Tanzer (2011) - 16 pts

Published :18-Dec-2012. Dusty lemon. Creamy texture, light oak flavour. Touch of char on the palate. Firm, dense and still fresh. (JH). When to drink : Now to 2014.

Wine Spectator (2015) - 87 pts

Oct 2016 - Meyer lemon, melon and peach flavors are bright, with citrus zest notes and a touch of toast.

James Suckling (2012) - 90 pts

A rich style with plenty of ripe white peach, nectarine and grapefruit, and some nougat-like, complex, savory character on the nose. The palate is straight-up fruit and offers a little honey in the mix, with a crisp, balanced finish. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2011) - 91 pts

This terrific value delivers roasted cashews and grilled peaches in a remarkably elegant, restrained package. It’s just-right in terms of weight on the palate, neither too light nor too heavy, with a crisp, citrusy finish. Drink it over the next few years. — J.C. (4/1/2014)

Wine Front (2013) - 90 pts

Rich fruit – rockmelon and peach – with a little caramel richness and spice. Ripe and juicy with balanced acidity, peach and tropical fruit, some flintiness to the texture, though largely smooth and glossy. Some grapefruity freshness to the finish with a glide of caramel.

Bob Campbell MW (2013) - 88 pts

Attractive, supple Chardonnay with the scent of roasted chestnuts and flavours suggesting grapefruit, white peach, brioche and hazelnut. Elegant wine with a peppery texture and drying finish. Integrated flavours and a savoury complexity make this an accessible and appealing wine.

Michael Cooper (2015) - 4 stars

Top vintages can offer irresistible value. The 2015 vintage (4*) was fully fermented and matured in French oak barriques (15 per cent new), and half the blend went through a softening malolactic fermentation. A classic regional style, it is a generous, sweet-fruited wine, mouthfilling, with youthful grapefruit and peach flavours, a subtle seasoning of oak, fresh acidity and a slightly mealy, finely textured finish. It's one of the best-value Chardonnays on the market.

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