Hans Herzog Tempranillo 2017
$65.00 inc. GST
5 stars – Michael Cooper
94/100 – Bob Campbell MW (2016 vintage)
“The delicious 2017 vintage was estate-grown on the north side of the Wairau Valley, hand-picked and matured for three years in French oak casks (partly new). Deeply coloured, it is mouthfilling, with concentrated, plummy, spicy flavours, savoury notes adding complexity, balanced acidity and a mellow, well-rounded finish. Drink now or cellar. Certified organic.” – Michael Cooper
Tasting Note: Aromas of ripe red and dark berries intermingle with smoky vanilla and clove. On the palate confit plums, dark chocolate and toasted almonds combine with savoury undertones and robust tannins resulting in a wine that can be enjoyed for years to come.
Winemaking Notes: “This is Spain’s most famous red grape variety, widely planted in the Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Tempranillo can be enjoyed young, but the best ones are aged for several years in oak barrels. This Tempranillo spent 21 days on the skins progressing to a wild yeast fermentation before being pressed and transferred into French oak barriques for malolactic fermentation. This great “Spaniard” has been aged on its fine lees for 18 months. No fining and no filtration to maintain its beautiful aromas and flavours.” – Hans Herzog
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand