An unusual variety to be found growing in New Zealand – the backbone of the great Italian Barolo and Barbarescos but, of course, Hans Herzog has some!
From their organic, unique, vineyards on the bank of the Wairau River in Marlborough – a bright, ruby red in the glass. Fresh and light on the nose, with a floral and sweet red berry aroma. On the palate the sensation is much deeper then both the colour and nose suggest – like many modern Pinot Noir. Indeed you could believe this was a fine french burgundy. Ripe plum, cassis, fruit jube, rosehip and cranberry notes nestle amongst some herbal and savoury, umami flavours. Complex, layered and very dynamic. Swiftly carried on a spine of acidity and acknowledging the supple tannin and sweet, spiced oak influence as you travel through the wine. The finish is sweeter again, and shows great length. 94pts.