2021 Esk Valley Artisanal Gamay

Gamay is reputed to be the next new variety, especially in Hawkes Bay. And this Esk Valley shows why

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Brand Esk Valley Estate
Region Hawkes Bay
Varietal Gamay
Size 750ml
Alcohol % 13.5%
Vintage 2021
Country New Zealand


Gamay is reputed to be the next big red grape variety in NZ and especially Hawkes Bay. And this latest release from Esk Valley Artisanal Collection 2021 Gamay Noir shows why. A single vineyard wine from fruit grown in the Two Terraces Vineyard in Mangatahi. Grown on a stony river terrace formed by the Ngaruroro River, this is a warm site with cool nighttime temperatures,
ideal for growing an earlier ripening varieties such as Gamay. The grapes were fermented in a single concrete fermenter with wild yeasts and the inclusion of 50% whole clusters. Hand plunged only, in the pursuit of a light and fragrant wine. After a brief period of maceration, the wine was pressed into 500 and 600-litre French oak barrels where it aged on lees for nine months. Bottled without fining or filtration. 390 cases bottled. That is a tiny number of bottles, if you want to taste that next new thing, then grab a bottle or two now.


a perfumed bouquet showcasing brambly red fruit with alluring smoky, earthy complexing elements.


Red currants, raspberries, blackberry leaf and dried herbs with a hint of wood spice, make this a delicious and satisfying red wine. It is ideal for any occasion, whether that be on its own or with a wide variety of foods. Can be served chilled. Drinking perfectly now through 2027.

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