Esk Artisanal HB Chardonnay 2021


An exciting newish label from Esk with an exciting new vintage. Tremendous value here.

Fruit from the Bay View and Maraekakaho sub-regions were fermented in French oak barriques with 50% then undergoing malolactic fermentation. Under Gordon's skillful hand these powerhouse winemaking techniques have been used with restraint, and the result is elegant and refined chardonnay with a lovely seam of fresh minerality that runs through the palate. While this wine is understated by traditional barrel-fermented standards, it is definitely not underwhelming. As the wine builds in the mouth, a full-bodied chardonnay with creamy mouthfeel is revealed, with classic flavours in the citrus / stonefruit spectrum. 

"Aromas of fresh peach and raw cashew nut, baked apple and vanilla spice, there’s a moment of fresh yoghurt suggestng some softening of acidity that works nicely alongside the barrel spice and toasty qualities. Plenty of weight and satin texture on the palate, dry with flavours of tree and orchard fruits, citrus and baking spice. The nutty cashew nut quality also returns. Youthful, refreshing and dry. A lovely wine with best drinking from late 2022 through 2028+." 93/100 Cameron Douglas