Esk Valley Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

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Item No. 118676
  • white wine
  • screw cap wine
  • WE90
Alcohol By Volume: 13.7%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

The proportion of new oak (15%) is carefully controlled to preserve the classic Hawkes Bay stonefruit and melon character. The result is a full-bodied yet elegant Chardonnay with hints of butter and oak and an underpinning of grapefruit-like acidity which gives it freshness and length. This is a food-friendly wine that is rich and complex with a long, satisfying finish.

Critical Acclaim

"This is a lush, creamy-textured wine, redolent of roasted cashews and grilled pineapple. It's toward the full-bodied side of the spectrum for New Zealand Chardonnay, but retains ample complexity in its interplay of nuts and citrus, with a hint of peach on the long finish. Editors' Choice."
90 Points

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(9/27/2012)
Great product, great price.
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(10/17/2012)
Nice wine!
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Learn About Esk Valley

Situated in the north of New Zealand’s picturesque Hawkes Bay, at Bay View is The Esk Valley Estate winery.

The winery sources fruit from Hawkes Bay, including the world-renowned Gimblett Gravels and Marlborough, as both regions consistently produce grapes of an extremely high quality.

Learn About Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay is the second largest wine region, following Marlborough. The area is known for its shmorgasborg of different microclimates and soils. Gimblett Gravels, while sounding like a character out of Lord of the Rings, is a soil and a district in the area. Gimblett Gravels are a gravelly mix that absorb and retain heat, much like the soils of Graves in Bordeaux or Chateauneuf du...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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