2009 New Zealand Bordeaux blends mixed half dozen offer
$395.00 inc. GST
SPECIAL MIXED HALF-DOZEN OFFER:
• 2 bottles of Puriri Hills Reserve 2009 Clevedon (5 stars Michael Cooper)
• 2 bottles of Kemp Road Whenua 2009 Hawkes Bay (94/100 Bob Campbell MW)
• 2 bottles of St Nesbit 2009 Karaka
Three exceptional New Zealand Bordeaux blend producers, all from the exceptional 2009 vintage, all drinking well now with further cellar potential of up to five years
PURIRI HILLS RESERVE 2009:
95/100 – Bob Campbell MW
93/100 – Jane Anson MW, Decanter
5 stars – Michael Cooper
Tasting Note: 46% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 20% Carmenère, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. Good growing conditions and a moderate crop this vintage resulted in a dense, tightly-packed blend that has taken a while to come around but is now showing at full power. Even more round and ‘complete’ than usual, with a richly fragrant bouquet of ripe plum, cigarbox and spices following through on a seamless, powerful palate with an extraordinarily lengthy, silken finish. Sturdy enough to continue evolving gracefully for many years to come, but already mighty approachable, with all the characteristics of great Bordeaux.
ST NESBIT 2009:
Tasting Note: One of New Zealand’s greatest Bordeaux blend producers and a cult favourite since the 1980s, St. Nesbit shut up shop a few years ago, and we only have a tiny amount left! The 2009 is the last ‘classic’ Bordeaux style vintage, and it’s showing wonderful early development – leather, tobacco and dry red fruits complete a picture that is all mouthfilling richness and soft tannic structure. Gorgeous. Rare.
KEMP ROAD WHENUA 2009:
94/100 – Bob Campbell MW
Tasting Note: Vibrant ruby red with no signs of age. The nose is explosive, with dark spice and herbal lift over the still-alive red fruit. A strong savoury, gamey component faintly hints at secondary characteristics. The palate is open and enveloping, still fresh with an attack of plum and cedar. The finish is lengthy and opulent, caressing with gentle, beautifully integrated tannins and a decent prickle of acidity. The power of this wine is obvious despite its age, sitting just within its optimum drinking window and at peak pleasurability.