Hans Herzog 'Spirit of Marlborough' Cabernet Merlot 2014

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World Wine – 'A blend of merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon in equal parts. Rich, ripe and fleshy red that's showing the benefit of a little bottle-age with integrated flavours and a silken texture. Ripe berry, dark cherry, cassis, dried herb, liquorice and nutty oak flavours. Should develop well with bottle age. Drink: 2019-2028' 95 POINTS Bob Campbell, therealreview.com

About This Wine

After a perfect, long dry autumn, Hans handpicked a tiny yield of 600g/vine of healthy, physiologically ripe Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes in harmony with his ‘low yield/highest quality’ philosophy. The vines grow on our vineyard's sandy, gravelly soils, akin to those of the Pomerol region. Both climates are moderated by their proximity to the Ocean and rivers yielding wines of exclusive velvety quality best after 10 years of ageing.

'A blend of merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon in equal parts. Rich, ripe and fleshy red that's showing the benefit of a little bottle-age with integrated flavours and a silken texture. Ripe berry, dark cherry, cassis, dried herb, liquorice and nutty oak flavours. Should develop well with bottle age. Drink: 2019-2028'


95 POINTS

Bob Campbell, therealreview.com

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Montepulciano
Country New Zealand
Region Marlborough
Brand Hans Herzog
Vintage 2014

Wines of Marlborough

Marlborough is at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island and is the leading region in the country, being responsible for 75% of NZ’s wine production and 85% of its exports. Marlborough is internationally renowned for its distinctive style of Sauvignon Blanc, described by some wine writers such as Oz Clarke and George Taber as the best in the world. Australia being such a close neighbour, we get a great number of brands imported into the country.

Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough is grown on well-draining alluvial gravels, with large temperature fluctuations between day and night. These conditions are great for growing grapes that strike a perfect balance between ripeness and acidity. The result is sauvignon blanc that is aromatic, driven by tropical fruit flavours but also supported by an herbaceous and mineral character. Aussies often described Marlborough Savvy Blanc as full of passionfruit flavour.

Despite many consumers having an idea of what Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is, the wine is actually made in a wide range of different styles. Wine makers take advantage of different clones, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to give their wines nuance and differentiate their brand from one another. You may have had sauvignon blanc from Marlborough before, but it is always worth exploring some not so commercial brands if it is a style you enjoy.

Other varieties that are produced in the region include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

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