Flight to Esk Valley

What a bargain! $25 for a evening of wine tasting and supper. Not just any wine tasting either but a tasting run by the Head Wine maker of Esk Valley.
Hosted at Villa Maria out near Auckland’s Airport, the Esk Valley winery from the Hawkes Bay region were about to showcase their wares.
A wine and a nibble to warm up then into a room that was just beautiful with 16 tables all set out with wine and tasting notes.

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Seven wines from current stock and one real treat, Esk Valley wines are wines made with love and respect for true grape varieties and history.
My favorite of the evening being the Chenin Blanc 2011 it was light, with a touch of sweetness and honey. I thought it was absolutely delicious.

The filght was 8 wines ranging from a 2012 Verdelho which is a traditional and famous variety from the Portuguese island of Madeira where for many centuries it has been used in the production of fortified wine. Esk Valley has been New Zealand’s pioneer of this variety, producing a dry style Verdelho from their Hawkes Bay vineyards since 2002.  There was a yummy 2013 Rose which was the best colour I have ever seen in a Rose- it was truly candy pink, tasted of strawberries and was soft and slightly dry on the pallet.

And for those who drink Reds like Mr Lid may I recommend the Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 which was a full bodied and rich Hawkes Bay blend, densely coloured and exhibiting a bouquet of plums, red fruits, dried herbs and hints of oak.

After Tasting the wines Villa Maria had made a small taster dish for supper to match with the Verdelho it was a match made in heaven- Corned beef with a hint of cinnamon- which from now on will be going into my corned beef recipe.

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A Tasting flight is a term used by wine tasters to describe a selection of wines, usually between three and eight glasses, but sometimes as many as fifty, presented for the purpose of sampling and comparison.

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