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ESK VALLEY GIMBLETT GRAVELS CABERNET SAUVIGNON / MERLOT / MALBEC 2020

Excellent NZ Wine Rater
Excellent Cameron Douglas MS
93 Points
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Value++ Red Blend from the Outstanding 2020 Hawkes Bay Vintage

  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Grape: 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 13% Malbec

$15.99 elsewhere $23.99

Value++ Red Blend from the Outstanding 2020 Hawkes Bay Vintage

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This Esk Valley red blend is consistently one of the great value wines coming out of Hawkes Bay. With a long line of accolades that belies its modest price, this is purely and simply a terrific wine to drink now but and also worth putting some in the cellar.


Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"​This wine was blended from grapes grown within the renown Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District. These deep stony soils have excellent drainage and low vigour, ideal for the production of high-quality red wine. Our vineyard sites are close planted and yields per vine are kept low to maximise quality.

This is a smooth and elegant Gimblett Gravels blend. Densely coloured, it has a bouquet of red cherry, blackberry, dried herbs and cedar from barrel maturation. It is soft and generous in nature and can be enjoyed as a youthful wine, but possesses sufficient tannin to age gracefully for many years."


Rated Excellent, 5 Stars & 93/100 NZ Wine Rater, March 2022 (2020 Vintage)
"Classic, intense, primary, blackcurrant, cranberries and pencil shavings on the nose with a hint of red capsicum. An elegant, well-made, medium-bodied, supple style with pure fruit and excellent drinkability. However there's a layer of chewy, mouth-filling tannins that will match food and ensure reasonable longevity."


Rated Excellent & 93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, April 2022 (2020 Vintage)
"Rich, ripe bouquet, sweet scented black fruit aromas, dark spices, chocolate then plum and wood smoke. Youthful, firm textured, fruity and dry on the palate. Flavours of Doris plums and black berry, dark chocolate, clove and toasty barrel. Luscious and salivating with firm tannins and medium+ acidity. A very tasty wine with ready to drink flavours and textures, but will also age well with best drinking form 2025 through 2030+."


4 Stars & Best Buy Cuisine NZ Bordeaux Tasting, June 2022 (2020 Vintage)
"A youthful and delightfully fragrant nose abundant with aromas of cassis and plum. On the palate these aromas are backed by flavours of bright redcurrants alongside spiced cedar and chewy tannins. A bright, energetic and enjoyable wine."


Reviews for the 2019 vintage below…


18.5/20 Joelle Thomson, Oct 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"This wine is one of the top 12 from the just released 2019 Gimblett Gravels Annual Vintage Selection and it is the lowest price in the line up, which makes it extraordinarily good value for money, given that many of the others cost triple this and some cost six times more.
A little Malbec goes a long way towards adding depth in both colour and flavour to this delicious wine from Esk Valley’s Gordon Russell, who was the first winemaker in New Zealand to have made high quality Malbec. It’s hard to believe it can be this good at this price."


4 Stars Michael Cooper (2019 Vintage)
"Offering great value, the 2019 vintage is a blend of Merlot (47 per cent), Cabernet Sauvignon (38 per cent) and Malbec (15 per cent), grown in the Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay, and matured for a year in French oak (10% new.) Full-coloured, it is fresh, mouthfilling and smooth-flowing, with ripe berry, plum and spice flavours, youthful drive, and loads of drink-young appeal."


92/100 Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com, January 2022 (2019 Vintage)
"Merlot-driven (47%) and fermented and aged in French oak (10% new). Bottled in clear class. This is floral and juicy with a lightness to it. There’s a spicy, gravelly edge to the bright fruit on the palate which shows supple cherry and berry fruit with a touch of plum. Pure and very drinkable, and approachable now. Inviting and fun."


92/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, October 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Deep, almost inky red with plum, dark berry, chocolate-mocha, subtle peppery flavours and a hint of fresh herb characters. An intense and moderately complex red that is approachable now but should develop well at least in the medium-term. Great value at this price."


90/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, March 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"It's beautifully ripe and delightfully fragrant on the nose showing Black Doris plum, blackcurrant, floral, clove and hazelnut aromas, followed by a flavoursome palate displaying youthful charm and silky flow. Upfront and very appealing. At its best: now to 2025."


90/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, September 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Dark plum, mint and bay leaf notes, white pepper and green capsicum in the mix. Swishes in the palate nicely, a good web of tannin lends some shape and tightens late. Silkiness and easy appeal here. Fragrant, fresh feeling, a bit diffuse but for that tannin capture and draw. Some quite saline and gravelly mineral characters here too. Good wine."

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