Esk Valley Artisanal Collection Albariño 2021
New Zealand / Hawkes Bay
Andy's Tasting Notes
Terrifically aromatic and bursting with peach fruit. The chalky minerality is superb. It quite easily puts many Spanish versions into the shade at this price point, with its rich yet precise and pristine flavour profile, minerality, together with depth and length of flavour.
The 2020 vintage of this wine was our bestselling version of this grape variety last year, and when I tasted the 2021 vintage I was delighted to find it even better than the 2020 vintage! Esk Valley thought so too, because they have upgraded it from their Estate range to their posher Artisanal Collection.
Price per bottle £14.00 £12.35
Esk Valley is a boutique winery, but it is unique in that many of the techniques used to craft its award-winning wines are dictated by the winery itself. The old concrete vats, the layout of the buildings, and the absence of modern technology mean the winemakers at Esk Valley have had to make wine in a simple, honest, hands-on way.
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.
An active and accredited member of Sustainable Wine Growing New Zealand (SWNZ). All Esk Valley’s vineyards are accredited by SWNZ and the viticultural team has worked hard to get all contract suppliers accredited as well.