Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"This single vineyard Chenin Blanc was aged on its lees with regular stirring for complexity and richness. Dry in style with a rich palate of baked apple, citrus and honey.
This wine reveals classic Chenin Blanc notes of baked apple, citrus and honey. It is dry in style with a full and rich palate, enhanced by long term ageing on yeast lees. It is delicious as a young wine but will gain complexity with time in the bottle."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2020 Vintage)
"Already delicious, the debut 2020 vintage was harvested from young vines, grown inland at Mangatahi, and partly barrel-fermented. Bright, light lemon/green, it is invitingly scented and beautifully vibrant, with strong passionfruit and pineapple flavours, balanced acidity, just a hint of sweetness, and excellent delicacy, depth and harmony. An intensely varietal wine, it's one of the country's finest Chenin Blancs yet. Drink now or cellar."
Rated Excellent & 93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, May 2021 (2020 Vintage)
"Pure fruited bouquet with scents of green apple and lees textures, crumbled stones with a light flinty edge and white blossoms. Equally pure fruits with flavours of apple and lemon, a touch of pith then mineral and lees attributes that reflect the bouquet. Pristine polished acid line, a white flower and mineral quality and a long refreshing finish. Beautifully made, balanced and ready to drink from 2021 through 2026+."
4 ½ Stars Yvonne Lorkin, July 2021 (2020 Vintage)
"One of the things winemaker Gordon Russell knows about chenin blanc, is that if you give it an inch, it’ll take a mile. You’ve got to keep it semi-starved and its vigour in check in order to produce these gorgeous apple and honeysuckle-centric flavours. It’s spiritual home is the Loire Valley in France and it’s rarely seen in NZ, however Esk have been making chenin blanc for a very long time, capturing fresh-baked apple, creamy, caramelised notes, masses of mineral-edged aromatics perfectly. It’s richly structured and superb with creamy, savoury foods, so I’m thinking smoked fish pie for sure."
91/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2021 (2020 Vintage)
"Youthfully attractive and elegantly lifted, the bouquet shows crunchy apple, white flesh peach and lemon peel aromas with a hint of flinty complexity. It's finely focused and linear on the palate displaying bright fruit flavours backed by firm acidity, finishing long and crisp-dry. At its best: now to 2026."