Hans, Spirit of Marlborough Red Blend


hans merlot cabernetWe all know and love the Sauvignon Blanc that come from Marlborough. Grassy, aromatic, with tantalizing acidity, they have set a new standard for the variety. But, knock, knock, any reds from New Zealand? Only Pinot Noir comes to mind. However, a few wineries are making use of advanced viticultural techniques to extract the maximum from the sun and heat that this southern location has to offer. Herzog Winery offers a delectable Bordeaux-style blend with its 2001 Spirit of Marlborough. Inky purplish red, with poignant red fruit and capsicum in the nose, the palate is rich with good acidity. Tannins are rounded and the finale is persistent, expansive and satisfying. There is a streak of herbaceousness –perhaps from the not so hot conditions- that robs this fine blend from higher accolades. Nevertheless, shot through with quality.

Alcohol Percentage: 14.8%

Product: Hans, Spirit of Marlborough

Variety: Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Cabernet Franc 15%, 10% Malbec

Vintage: 2001

Winery: Herzog Winery

Origin: Wairau River, Marlborough, New Zealand

Alcohol: 14.5%

Price: 69.99

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