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Gordon Russell - Senior Winemaker - examining a small amount of red wine in a glass pulled from the barrel, to check the progress of the wine ageing in the dark cellar

Esk Valley Estate sources grapes from both its own vineyards and from contract growers.

Traditional methods allied with modern know how enable the winemakers to make wines with texture and complexity. Small batch winemaking prevails and open-topped concrete fermenters are used for the production of the hand-made red wines. Chardonnays are barrel fermented and red wines are barrel aged for a minimum of one year with the ‘Winemakers Reserve’ styles spending around 18 months in French oak barriques.

Crafted New Zealand Wine