95/100 – Bob Campbell MW
4.5 stars – Michael Cooper
“A blend of merlot, carménère, malbec and cabernet franc. This is a marvellous wine from a challenging vintage. It is a bright, vibrant and restrained red with layers of red berry, fresh herb, floral and spicy oak flavours. Elegant rather than blockbuster. Should develop well in bottle. Drink 2022 to 2033.” – Bob Campbell MW
“The 2017 is a forward vintage, fragrant, savoury and smooth-flowing. Full-coloured, it is a middleweight style, with ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, showing excellent complexity and harmony. Drink now or cellar.” – Michael Cooper
Tasting Note: The 2017 Estate is a forward release, coming from a cooler growing season with above-average rainfall. As no Pope or Harmonie du Soir were made in this vintage, the Estate contains the best fruit from a small yield and shows off classic Puriri Hills power in spite of the vintage’s challenges. A generous nose of plum, spice and dried herbs leads into a very round palate, with mellow, integrating tannins. Great drinking now with a decant, but will evolve well over five years. A fine right-bank Bordeaux equivalent for a terrific price.
Winemaking Notes: In the winery, bunches were 100% destemmed and 80% crushed into oak cuves or stainless steel open-top fermenters. Ferments were cold soaked briefly to allow wild yeast development, then inoculated with oenological yeasts. Total time on skins ranged from 1-3 weeks depending on the varietal, fruit condition and the character desired. Free run wines were put to barrel and marc was lightly basket pressed. All wine was barrel-aged in French oak for ca. 21 months before final blending. The wine was lightly filtered and bottled under cork on the estate.
Varietal: Bordeaux blend
Region: Clevedon, New Zealand
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