2018 Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Franc

If you wondered how Gordon Russell came to be known as Mr Merlot – this 2018 will demonstrate it amply!


$68.50 on Case buys (6 bottles)

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Further Information

Brand Esk Valley Estate
Region Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay
Varietal Cab Merlot Cab Franc
Size 750ml
Alcohol % 13.5%
Vintage 2018
Country New Zealand


Esk Valley, sister winery to Villa Maria is based in Hawkes Bay with vineyards in Gimblett Gravels and the most northern region of HB; Esk Valley. Esk Valley is also the home of the winery as well as some of their oldest vineyards. The Winemakers Reserve range is only made in the best years from parcels of hand picked fruit. The grapes were fermented in their 85 year old concrete tanks and aged in French oak barriques.


Dark scented fruits, plum, bramble, blackberry with cedar, tobacco and sandlewood aromas rise from the glass.


There is a rich, core of fruit, showing concentration and highlighting the class in this wine. Blackcurrant, plumy fruit with cedar tones are encased in excellent fine grain tannins and salivating acidity giving length, energy and drive. Decanting is recommended prior to drinking, or one for the cellar, 10-15 years. Perfect with a juicy steak to match the robust nature of this wine.

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