Formerly called 'Puriri Hills Reserve', this regional classic has been labelled as 'Harmonie Du Soir' since the 2012 vintage. Estate-grown at Clevedon, in South Auckland, it is blended from varying proportions of Merlot (principally), Cabernet Franc, Carménère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, and typically matured for two years in French oak barriques (80 percentage new in 2015). The 2015 vintage (5*) is a classy, youthful red, notably Bordeaux-like. Deeply coloured, it is fragrant, mouthfilling and smooth, with rich, ripe blackcurrant, plum, herb and spice flavours, seasoned with nutty oak, and excellent vigour, complexity, structure and harmony. A very ageworthy red, it's well worth cellaring to 2024+.
Type: Red Wines
Variety: Branded and Other Red Wines
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $120 NZD
Value for Money: AV
This wine is a Super Classic.
When to drink: 2024
Vintage: 2019; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 22 – 38
Vintage: 2015; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 40
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.
Reviewed March 2022