2011 Esk Valley Chardonnay Hawkes Bay (Previously $15)

SKU #1165662 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editor's Choice* 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.  (4/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 RS 0 g/l. Dusty lemon. Creamy texture, light oak flavour. Touch of char on the palate. Firm, dense and still fresh. (JH)  (12/2013)

K&L Notes

Esk Valley is a unique small winery in Hawke's Bay that has a long history of producing distinctive and characterful wines from their excellent assortment of estate vineyards scattered across this exciting region. This is a rich, yet elegant, style of Hawkes Bay Chardonnay exhibiting ripe stone fruit and melon characters intermingled with hints of butter, grapefruit and subtle oak. The wine is round and soft in the mouth with a long complex finish. The fruit for this wine is sourced from vineyard sites in various sub-regions of Hawkes Bay. Vineyards in the north at Bay View provide the ripe tropical fruit flavors while sites on the terraces above the Tutaekuri River add a more flinty, grapefruit note and provide juicy natural acidity. This is an exceptional value in everyday Chardonnay!

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Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2014 | Send Email
This is a great deal in a Chardonnay that manages to walk the line of opulence coupled with focus. The 2011 Esk Valley Chardonnay offers aromas of light toast, honey, spiced baked apple with a hint of tropical pineapple fruit. On the palate the wine is rich with a creamy texture that is supported by moderate plus acidity to keep it juicy with good persistence.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5