2016 Esk Valley Bordeaux Blend Gimblett Gravels New Zealand

SKU #1386034 90 points James Suckling

 A youthful, reductive edge and a bright red berry and blueberry fruit core. This has a fresh and lithe palate with subtly crunchy tannins. Drink now. Screw cap.  (11/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec reveals aromas of dried Mediterranean herbs and cedar over blackberry, mulberry and red currant fruit plus a waft of cloves. Medium-bodied with a solid backbone of firm, chewy, slightly astringent tannins and racy acid, it has taut, muscular black and red fruit in the mouth with a long herbal finish. (LPB)  (3/2016)

Vinous

 The 2016 Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec, which is matured for 12 months in oak, has a surprisingly lean bouquet that needs more fruit to come through. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannin, sappy red cherries and raspberry mixed with a touch of baking powder, leading to an easy-drinking finish. (NM)  (11/2018)


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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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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.