Esk Valley Seabed Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2020 750ml
Esk Valley Great Dirt Seabed Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2020 750ml
Awarded 5 Stars - Michael Cooper
Awarded 95/100 Points & 5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Jun 2021
Awarded 93/100 Points - Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier
This single-vineyard wine is sourced from Brian and Leslie Howard’s Bay View vineyard. Situated at the western edge of Bay View Village, the soils here reflect their maritime origin. Prior to the 1931 Napier earthquake, this was a tidal estuary where the Esk River met the Ahuriri inner harbour, the land now drained still retains remnants of its past with seashell deposits interspersed throughout the maritime clays. Planted in 1998 the vineyard is dry-farmed and intensively managed to produce fruit of the highest quality.
This is a full-bodied and creamy textured chardonnay which displays complex flavours of white peach, grilled nuts and grapefruit with a long salty mineral finish. Made with a hands-off approach it is a complex and age-worthy wine which showcases the land in which it is grown. Suitable for plant-based diets.
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