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2014 Hans Herzog Spirit of Marlborough Merlot Cabernet

Marlborough, NZ

Bordeaux blend from Marlborough just reaching its perfect drinking window.

$88.00

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About the Wine

A flagship red wine from Hans Herzog in Marlborough, made from equal parts Merlot, Cab Franc and Cab Sauvignon, and already approaching six years of maturation.

Spicy, herbal, chocolatey, and with age is coming a mellow softness. It's a wine in a lovely place, from a.... lovely place.

The grapes enjoyed a long maceration time and progressed into a natural wild fermentation. Matured in new and old French oak for 30 months.

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."

Vigneron Hans Herzog
Vigneron Hans Herzog
Marlborough, NZ
Additional Info

From the Producer

After a perfect, long dry autumn we handpicked a tiny yield of 600g/vine of healthy, physiologically ripe Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes in harmony with our ‘low yield/highest quality’ philosopy. The vines grow on the sandy, gravelly soils of our vineyard, akin to those of the Pomerol* region.

This noble blend shows off with aromas of juicy dark plums, black fruits and berries. Subtle spices, herbs and dark chocolate add to the complexity. Concentration and opulence aplenty followed by a sensuous, lingering long finish.

Blend : Merlot (33%), Cabernet Franc (33%), Cabernet Sauvignon (33%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

94Points
The Wine Front

Equal parts, pretty much of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Ever idiosyncratic, and invariably good wines from this producer. Quite a lot of peppermint here, dark chocolate, dark cherry, spice, black tea and tobacco. It’s fleshy, cool in acidity with some dried herb, thick Turkish coffee tannin, savoury flavour but no shortage of black fruit. Finish is fresh and beefy and fruity all at once, and that tannin clips in too, and cleans up nicely. Such character and personality. If there were windmills in Marlborough, this wine would tilt at them. It’s excellent. - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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