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2013 Hans Herzog Montepulciano

Marlborough, NZ

Rare look at this Italian variety from an NZ producer.

$74.00

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No cost and time is spare for our mighty Montepulciano.

Hans Herzog

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."

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Marlborough, NZ
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From The Producer

No cost and time is spare for our mighty Montepulciano. For even ripeness throughout the bunches we cut ‘the shoulders’ off after veraison. It is the last variety to pick late in April at extremely low yields of 500g per vine to achieve this essence.

Hans' Comment

The cold soak to enhance the dark colour and intense flavours progressed to a natural spontaneous fermentation of about three weeks followed by a week of skin maceration. After gentle pressing the wine was transferred into French oak barriques and puncheons (30% new) to mature for 24 months on its fine lees. Bottled without fining or filtration to retain the beautiful aromas.

Blend : Montepulciano (100%)
ABV : 14.00%
Closure : DIAM Cork
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

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The Wine Front

"One of New Zealand’s great estates, making thoroughly idiosyncratic wines. Blackberry and spice, wet ferns, amaro herbs, cedar, raisins and dark chocolate. It’s a riot, but great fun too. Full bodied, but not really heavy, with cherry and craisins, orange peel, cherry pip and lively acidity, firm silty tannin, and a fresh strawberry, yet chocolaty finish of fine length. It’s a wild ride all right. Reckon it needs a few more years of bottle age to show even better again." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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You'd never expect this wine to be as bold and powerful

Full on, supremely elegant with an abundance of spice and dark fruit. This is an absolute gem and should age incredibly well. You'd. Ever know it's already seven years old. Amazing wine, amazing producer - guaranteed to make your wine geek mates scratch their heads.

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