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You can call him Mr Merlot ...

Esk Valley Winemaker Gordon Russell has been called ‘Mr Merlot’ before, and it’s no wonder really with the list of accolades his Merlot wines have achieved.

Champion Merlot and Merlot predominant Trophy and Gold at the Easter Show Wine Awards 2014 is the latest of those successes for the standout Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2009. This wine alone has previously gained a Trophy at the Air NZ Wine Awards and seven Gold medals at other wine shows.

Esk Valley also picked up an Easter Show gold medal for the Esk Valley Pinot Noir 2012.

Gordon who won the Easter Show’s Winemaker of the Year in 2007 has been making wine for Esk Valley since 1990 and takes a hands off traditional approach with his wines.

The boutique Hawkes Bay winery is the home to the iconic Terraces Vineyard where the legendary ‘Terraces’ super premium wines are made.

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