Esk Valley Seabed Hawke's Bay Chardonnay (2019)

The debut 2019 vintage (5*) is a striking, single-vineyard wine. Made to celebrate the "unique saline nature of the site", it was grown at the edge of the former Ahuriri Estuary, lifted by the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. From vines planted in 1999, it was fermented and matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (35 per cent new). Bright, light lemon/green, with a slightly smoky bouquet, it is fresh and mouthfilling, with very intense, stone-fruit flavours, integrated toasty oak, a slightly salty streak and good acid spine. Already drinking superbly, it's well worth cellaring.


Type: White Wines
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2019
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $50 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

Buyer’s Guide Edition: 2022

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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