STAGGERING CONCENTRATION & BEAUTY… IS 99/100 ENOUGH?

Have we shortchanged 2014 Pope a point?

A perfect vintage... handpicked fruit harvested at a miserly 1kg per vine with 22-months in 30% new French Oak – bottled without fining or filtration... 99/100

Puriri Hills make NZ's finest Right Bank (Merlot dominant) Bordeaux style red wine with “Pope” being the “Grand Cru”. NZ’s challenge to Chateau Cheval Blanc… only at $159.90... its one fourteenth of its price and a fraction of its production volumes. Unlike the French 1st Growths, Pope is only released in the truly great vintages… from 2010 we patiently waited until the 100 points perfection 2013 was released last year. Given 2014 was an outstanding vintage also, we have only had to wait a year for this next Pope. Unlike anything you will have tasted from NZ before... whopping concentration and great beauty simultaneously. Only 1500 bottles made and our 50 x 6-pack allocation is expected to clear quickly into the cellars of existing Pope customers... where it could age 3-4 decades in quality storage.

Puriri Hills top wine is appropriately named ‘Pope’ – it’s a wine to be revered, admired and respected just as you would in the company of Pope Francis. Originally named after Ivan Pope, the 2014 vintage is a blend of 41% Merlot, 18% Carmenere, 31% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec. A perfect vintage and one that reaffirmed quality in the region, the handpicked fruit was harvested at a miserly 1kg per vine and saw nearly 2 years in 30% new French Oak before bottling without fining or filtration.

The Wine...

A bouquet of astonishing quality and concentration – complex notes of exotic perfumes including violets, cassis, dried plum, nutmeg, graphite, leather and a hint of dark chocolate and liquorice. Whopping concentration and great beauty simultaneously. Delicate perfumes, dark cherries and berries infused with chocolate... succulent and creamy but with purity of fruit evolving to a rich, spicy and refreshing crescendo of power. An amazingly complete wine – hard to imagine how it could possibly be better. Push the boat out and grab what you can afford, the 2014 vintage is a masterpiece to savour, share, impress and contemplate through to 2040+.

This 2014 rates alongside 2013 as the greatest ever Popes and possibly NZ red wines. At 6 years of age it is approachable now... but is powerful and deeply complex, so we suggest making the investment into a case to enjoy over the coming decades. Less than 1500 bottles made, it is a truly artisanal production crafted without regard to cost. A 6-pack of 2014 is already locked away in my cellar alongside the 2013, lots to look forward to in my old age. Enjoy, Jeff

2014 Puriri Hills Pope

Unlike anything you will have tasted from NZ before... whopping concentration and great beauty simultaneously... only 1500 bottles made!

Elsewhere $215.00
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$161.99 on Case buys (6 bottles)

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Further Information

Brand Puriri Hills
Region Auckland
Varietal Merlot Cab Franc Cab Sauv
Size 750ml
Alcohol % 13.5%
Vintage 2014
Country New Zealand

Description

Puriri Hills top wine is appropriately named ‘Pope’ – it’s a wine to be revered, admired and respected just as you would in the company of Pope Francis. Originally named after Ivan Pope, the 2014 vintage is a blend of 41% Merlot, 18% Carmenere, 31% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec. A perfect vintage and one that reaffirmed quality in the region, the handpicked fruit was harvested at a miserly 1kg per vine and saw nearly 2 years in 30% new French Oak before bottling without fining or filtration. Sealed under only the finest cork, it’s a wine that will show its best from 2022 onwards and live for who knows how long – 25-30 years conservatively if well cellared. This 2014 rates alongside 2013 as the greatest ever Popes and possibly NZ red wines. At 6 years of age it is approachable now... but is powerful and deeply complex, so we suggest making the investment into a case to enjoy over the coming decades. Less than 1500 bottles made, it is a truly artisanal production crafted without regard to cost.

Smells
A bouquet of astonishing quality and concentration – complex notes of exotic perfumes including violets, cassis, dried plum, nutmeg, graphite, leather and a hint of dark chocolate and liquorice.

Tastes
Whopping concentration and great beauty simultaneously. Delicate perfumes, dark cherries and berries infused with chocolate... succulent and creamy but with purity of fruit evolving to a rich, spicy and refreshing crescendo of power. Unlike anything you will have tasted from NZ before. An amazingly complete wine – hard to imagine how it could possibly be better. Push the boat out and grab what you can afford… the 2014 vintage is a masterpiece to savour, share, impress and contemplate through to 2040+.

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