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Esk Valley - Sauvignon Blanc 2018


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Marlborough
  • Wine Maker: Gordon Russell
  • Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Food Matching

Food Matching

This dry wine is a perfect match for most seafood and many Asian styled dishes.

Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
WA: 88 (2017) VS: 89 (2015) WS: 87 (2017) JS: 90 (2017) WE: 87 (2017) WF: 86 (2014) MC: 4 Stars (2016) RC: 17.5 (2014) Misc: 4 Stars (2016)

Wine tasting notes

This is a very intense and powerful wine. True to its Marlborough origins its flavours are a mix of ripe tropical fruits, citrus and cooler notes of fresh herbs, and pea pod. It is dry and full bodied but a crisp finish provides freshness and length.

Winery Information

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.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2017)88 pts

The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from Marlborough. It offers scents of crushed tomato and celery leaves, passion fruit, grapefruit and hints of ripe nectarine. It's a crisp, medium-bodied version of the grape, reflective of its origins, with a lingering citrus and wet stone finish.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2015)89 pts

May 2016 - Pale, bright yellow. Fresh stone fruits and mirabelle on the nose, lifted by spices and crushed herbs. Sweet, ripe and dusty on the palate, offering a touch of positive peppery herbaceousness and good density to the tropical fruit flavors. Finishes firm and dry, with good energy and lift. In a cooler style in the context of the vintage. -- Stephen Tanzer

Wine Spectator (2017)87 pts

Lemon and ginger notes are bright and juicy, with a whiff of lanolin lingering in the background. Drink now

James Suckling (2017)90 pts

Some impressive flinty, reductive complexity across ripe mango, papaya, lime and nectarine. Decent length here. Drink now. Screw cap.

Wine Enthusiast (2017)87 pts

This wine brings passion fruit, lime and gooseberry tones to the fore, with tongue-tingling acidity that keeps the palate fresh. A classic style that put New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the map.

Wine Front (2014)86 pts

High toned pepper and apple cider note but the overall feel is of fresh cut stone fruit, citrus and fresh cut grass. Has a perception of sweetness to taste, backed up by some slipperiness in texture, but finishes long and crisp and clean with just a dash of white pepper. Pretty simple yet satisfying kind of wine here.

Michael Cooper (2016)4 stars

The 2016 vintage (4*) was grown in the Wairau Valley (75 per cent) and Awatere Valley (25 per cent). Very fresh and punchy, it is a fully dry style (1.7 grams/litre of residual sugar), with ripely herbaceous flavours, finely balanced and rich.

Raymond Chan (2014)17.5 pts

70% Wairau Valley fruit, predominantly Southern Clays and the remainder Awatere, cool-fermented to 13.0% alc. and 2.5 g/L RS., the wine aged on lees. Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with light lemon hues. The nose is fresh and full with up-front aromas of gooseberries, herbs, nettles and lantana, along with pea and bean nuances. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, fresh, lively and vibrantly juicy fruit flavours of gooseberries, peas, lantana and herbs feature on the palate. The mouthfeel is balanced with fresh acid laciness lending a slippery flow, and the wine follows a very fine line with a subtle textural thread that carries through to a dry, lingering finish with herbs and gooseberry notes. This is a fresh, up-front Sauvignon Blanc with good fruit richness and a dry balanced finish. Serve with salads, vegetables and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. 17.5/20 Dec 2014

Miscellaneous (2016)4 stars

Air NZ Wine Awards 2016 - Gold Medal - "Elegant yet vibrant and persistent, displaying grapefruit, red capsicum and feijoa flavours with a hint of musky notes."

Vinification Notes

The individual vineyard parcels were harvested and transported to the winery for immediate crushing to capture the freshness of the fruit. Fermentation was conducted at cool temperatures utilising selected yeast strains. Post fermentation the wines were left on lees to gain richness and complexity.