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  • A single vineyard, family owned winery in Esk Valley.
  • Ripe, youthful & fruit forward, with hints of tobacco.
  • Planted on land that was raised out of the water during the 1931 Napier earthquake.

Tasting Notes

Colour Ruby-Red
Nose Rich and deep aromas of plum, blackberry, raisin and sarsaparilla.
Palate Lush, blackberry and juicy, ripe plum fruit flavours. Fine cocoa and sweet cigar tannins leading to a long, chewwy finish.
Food Pairing Crispy beef & shiitake noodles.
Cellaring 3-5 Years
Notes Family owned land for over 100 years and planted on rescued land in the early 1980's. Aged in a combination of new and old American and French oak barrels.
Variety Merlot
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French & American
Vintage 2014
Region Esk Valley
Country New Zealand
Sustainability None
Alcohol 14.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Crab Farm Winery
Crab Farm Winery is a boutique family owned and operated winery and restaurant located just out of Napier in Bay View. Established in 1987 they offer a wide range of wines all grown on their three vineyards located throughout Hawkes Bay.

The vineyard grows on a site of river metal silt and ex-marine muds. Before the 1931 earthquake, more than half of this area was under estuary tidal waters. This huge natural disaster raised Crab Farm by 9 feet. The opportunity to grow grapes on this site 50 years later was taken up by James and Hamish Jardine.

Crab Farm Reserve Merlot 2004 won a Gold Medal at the Royal Easter Wine Show 2006.
Esk Valley


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