2019 Puriri Hills Estate

The exceptional 95/100, Puriri Hills Estate 2019 Bordeaux style blend – Grown & made with the same detail & expense of $200 to $400 Bordeaux... it’s one of the great cellar bargains of recent years.

Elsewhere $59.90
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James Suckling js94


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Brand Puriri Hills
Region Auckland
Varietal Merlot Cab Franc Cab Sauv
Size 750ml
Alcohol % 12.8%
Vintage 2019
Country New Zealand


Judy Fowler’s cult Puriri Hills winery has established benchmark quality in NZ across all three levels of her Bordeaux style reds. The Pinnacle being the “Pope” … which leading international wine critic James Suckling describes as “NZ’s Chateau Latour”. This Estate blend delivers quality at a price that almost beggars belief. Lovers of full bodied and Merlot or Cabernet led blends... this 2019 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 1 - 3 weeks maceration on skins (depending on the variety) with gentle hand plunging ensuring perfect extraction of colour, tannins, and flavours. 21 months in French Oak Barriques have proved perfect in rounding texture and complexity. Succulent and generous it has traditional Bordeaux like coolness on the fresh finish. 95/100 Bob Campbell "A blend of merlot, carménère, malbec, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Rich, textural red with cassis, raspberry, blackberry, cedar, dried herb/hedgerow and nutty oak flavours. Accessible now but with the potential to develop well with bottle age. Seductive wine that gives a nod in the direction of Bordeaux.”


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


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 2025/2028 with ease. Enjoy with herb crusted rack of lamb.

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