No cost and time is spare for our mighty Montepulciano.
About The Wine
There's not much Montepulciano growing in New Zealand, but that didn't stop Hans Herzog.
This is no shrinking violet. The vines are pruned to only produce a minuscule 500g of fruit per vine ensuring maximum intensity and complexity in the grapes that do survive.
Once picked, the grapes are cold-soaked and fermented for three weeks with an additional week on skins at the end for maximum flavour and colour extraction before a gentle pressing and being sent to oak (30% new) for 24 months before bottling.
This is a blockbusting wine with a huge cult following.
About Hans Herzog
With over 500 years of winemaking history in his family, Swiss winemaker Hans Herzog picked up his life in Zurich wine country, and with his wife Therese, headed for New Zealand.
In 1994, they established one of the most stunning vineyards in the heart of the Marlborough region, planting an astonishing 29 varieties on their small patch of land.
They tend the vineyard with immense love and care. Everything is grown organically. Hans crafts premium, idiosyncratic wines that show the beauty of his vineyard in every glass and shares these wines with every person who comes to dine at their fine estate.
As The Wine Front's Gary Walsh once noted, there's "Never a dull moment when you open a wine from Hans Herzog."