Unlike the French 1st Growths, Pope is only released in the truly great vintages… from 2010 we patiently waited a few years until the 100 point perfection 2013 was released. Given 2014 was an outstanding vintage also, we only had to wait a year for this current Pope, but alas we are now on the final stocks of this in NZ.
There will be a 2015, but given it was a slightly more challenging vintage it will not be released anytime soon, and there will not be another after that till 2019 or 2020 - making it a long time between drinks for collectors and fans!
We realise the very fortunate position we are in here, tasting wines of this stature more often than most people, so trust us when we say with hand on heart that this is a very special once in a lifetime wine experience.
It fills us with pride that an NZ producer is able to craft something of equivalent quality to the great houses of Bordeaux who have centuries of experience. And to be able to create this at such an affordable price relative to the great wines is equally astounding, and the reason that the World is now following brands like Puriri Hills and hunting down stock wherever they can find it - realising what a bargain it is!
And this astonishing winery will become a product of its own success, with its wines becoming harder to find, with demand pushing up the price no doubt. Which is why you should seize the day and secure this unbelievable wine which will last for decades when cellared well.
The 2014 vintage is a blend of 41% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc, 18% Carmenere, and 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. It was then bottled without fining or filtration for a further three years of ageing before release, to achieve a wine of phenomenal concentration and beauty.
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 with 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, that is hard to imagine how it could possibly be better....but we know it will!
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 Pope and possibly NZ red wines. At 7 years of age it's very approachable now... but it's powerful and deeply complex, so we suggest making the investment into a case if you can, to enjoy over the coming decades. With only about 150 bottles left on the market, it is truly a once in a lifetime wine experience, and an excellent buy for the shrewd investor.
2014 Puriri Hills Pope
Unlike anything you will have tasted from NZ before... whopping concentration and great beauty simultaneously... only 1500 bottles made!
$161.99 on Case buys (6 bottles)
|Lunn Ave Superstore||Medium|
|Constellation Drive Superstore||Medium|
* Pick up time will be in two hours if your products are available at your store of choice. If your products need to be transferred from another store then pick up will be midday the next working day (provided your order was placed before 4.30pm)
|Varietal||Merlot Cab Franc Cab Sauv|
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