Esk Valley The Hillside Malbec/Cabernet Franc/Merlot (2017)

Showing strong personality, the 2017 vintage (5*) is a declassified year of Esk Valley Heipipi The Terraces (see the Branded Reds section), 'to enjoy while you wait for the greatest vintages . . . to mature'. Matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (50 per cent new), and bottled unfined and unfiltered, it is dark and purple-flushed, with a very fragrant, spicy bouquet. Already approachable, it's a powerful, mouthfilling red, with fresh, dense plum, blackcurrant and spice flavours, complex and savoury, and good tannin backbone.


Type: Red Wines
Variety: Malbec
Vintage: 2017
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $90 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

Buyer’s Guide Edition: 2021

The overall rating for quality is Tentative, as Michael has only reviewed a small number of vintages of this particular wine.

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