Hans Herzog Spirit of Marlborough Merlot/Cabernet (2014)

Who says you can't make outstanding claret-style reds in the South Island? Estate-grown on the banks of the Wairau River, matured for at least two years in new and one-year-old French oak barriques, and then bottle-aged for several years, this is typically a densely coloured wine with a classy fragrance, substantial body, and notably concentrated blackcurrant, plum, herb and spice flavours. The 2014 vintage (5*) is a blend of equal portions of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Fragrant, with deep, fairly youthful colour, it is sturdy, with concentrated blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, showing excellent ripeness and depth, good complexity, and a well-structured, long finish. Best drinking 2022+. Certified organic.

Details

Type: Red Wines
Variety: Merlot
Vintage: 2014
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $69 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

Buyer’s Guide Edition: 2021

This wine is a Potential Classic.

When to drink: 2022

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