Rated Outstanding & 95/100 Cameron Douglas MS, May 2021
"A bouquet with complexity and intrigue, depth and curiosity. Tense and youthful with flavours of white and yellow tree fruits, a touch of grapefruit, lees, mineral and spice. Excellent texture with a core of fruit surrounded by oak, fine wood tannins and contrasting acidity. Well made, but does need some time to develop more harmonious transitions. Well made and likely best drinking mid to late 2022 through 2026+."
"Beautifully composed and complex, the wine shows apricot, fig, vanillin oak and subtle flinty notes on the nose, followed by a gorgeously rounded palate offering creamy mouthfeel and elegant oak infusion, making it fabulously drinkable. At its best: now to 2026." 5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2021
An exciting new range from the master. Classic Hawkes Bay wine styles are given the Esk Valley and Gordon Russell treatment.
The individual vineyard parcels were harvested separately in early March and fermented using wild yeast in French oak barriques. Fifty per cent of the wine was allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation which softened the wine and added further complexity. The wine was left on its lees undergoing regular stirring before being blended and
bottled in February 2021. Barrel fermentation followed by 10 months ageing in barrel on lees. Its flavour profile is a mix of peach, grilled nuts, butter, grapefruit with a subtle oak spice.