2017 Puriri Hills Estate

The pick of the harvest normally reserved for the $200 Pope and $120 Harmonie du Soir went into this 2017 Estate Bordeaux style blend – likely one of the great cellar bargains of recent years.

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Elsewhere $55.00
$45.99
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Further Information

Brand Puriri Hills
Region Auckland
Varietal Merlot Cab Malbec Cab Franc
Size 750ml
Alcohol % 12.5%
Vintage 2017
Country New Zealand

Description

Neither Pope nor Harmonie du Soir were made from the cooler 2017 vintage –meaning the pick of the fruit from this low yielding vintage was directed into this elegant but generous Estate Bordeaux blend. Judy Fowler’s cult Puriri Hills winery has established benchmark quality in NZ across all three levels of her Bordeaux style reds. With the pick of fruit, the Estate blend delivers quality at a price that almost beggars belief. Lovers of full bodied and Merlot or Cabernet led blends... this 2017 Estate is one of the great cellar buys in recent years. Merlot-dominant with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Carménère... tiny 1kg per vine fruit yields ensured ample concentration. A mix of modern and traditional winemaking includes 28-days maceration on skins with gentle hand plunging ensuring perfect extraction of colour, tannins and flavours. 2-years in French Oak Barriques (30% new) have proved perfect in rounding texture and complexity. Succulent and generous it has traditional Bordeaux like coolness on the fresh finish. It will evolve and drink beautifully through 2022-2027.

Smells
Complex florals, graphite, tobacco, cedar, blackcurrant, plums, leather, soy… a veritable checklist for top Bordeaux, but found in a wine from Clevedon.

Tastes
Succulent and concentrated, with multi layers of generous blackberry, dark plum and currant fruit embraced in plush tannins and fine, lively acidity. Savoury and spice complexities are beginning to emerge at 4 years old, but the freshness of the wine is remarkable, showing why Judy doesn’t like to release her wines until they’re ready to begin enjoying. Enjoy now after decanting, or cellar through to 2024/2027 with ease. Enjoy with herb crusted rack of lamb.

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