Esk Artisanal Malbec Merlot Cab 2019


Time to try this...Rich, robust and surprisingly moreish.

From the deep stony soils of the Gimblett Gravels, this Malbec based red was fermented in open top concrete fermenters and hand plunged. Deeply coloured and complex with jammy and plummy notes.

Engaging wine that has the Malbec 'Eskness' written all over it. This is a very deeply coloured wine as you would expect from a Malbec based wine. It displays rich plummy, jammy Gimblett Gravels fruit on the nose with hints of tobacco and dried herbs. On the palate it is a medley of power and concentration from Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon allied with softer Merlot tannins.

We should be exploring more NZ red wines like this due to their 'fullness' and rewarding delivery.


94/100 "Traditional, intense Bordelaise nose with fragrant plum and cassis fruit complexed by the distinctive, meaty, grilled-vegetable character of Malbec and generous levels of milk-coffee oak. Quite full, and robust with lush, juicy fruit flavours, good length, plenty of oak and chewy tannins. A very creditable wine that has all the elements for further bottle maturation." 5 Stars NZ Wine Rater