Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Franc (2018)

The bold 2018 vintage (5*) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (38 per cent), Merlot (28 per cent), Malbec (19 per cent) and Cabernet Franc (15 per cent). Hand-harvested and matured for 16 months in French oak barriques (45 per cent new), it is deeply coloured, with a fragrant, slightly spicy bouquet. Weighty, it has concentrated, vibrant blackcurrant, plum, red-berry, spice and nutty oak flavours, with good tannin backbone. Still very youthful, but highly expressive in its youth, it's well worth cellaring to 2023+.

Details

Type: Red Wines
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet-predominant blends
Vintage: 2018
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $70 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

Buyer’s Guide Edition: 2021

This wine is a Super Classic.

When to drink: 2023

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