Mokoroa by Puriri Hills 2019

$39.90 $36.90 inc. GST

92/100 – James Suckling
92/100 – Bob Campbell MW
4.5 stars – Michael Cooper

“A fresh and succulent red with delicate and fine tannins and plenty of currants and oranges. Medium body. Crisp finish. Salty undertone. Iron, too. Drink now.” – James Suckling

“Mokoroa is Puriri Hills’ second label. A blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, carmenere and malbec from an excellent vintage. Rich, complex and savoury red with cherry/berry, charcuterie, spice/anise, subtle floral flavours…” – Bob Campbell MW

“From Puriri Hills, the distinctive 2019 vintage is the best yet. Estate-grown at Clevedon, in South Auckland, it is a blend of Merlot (64 per cent), Cabernet Sauvignon (18 per cent), Cabernet Franc (11 per cent), Carménère (6 per cent) and Malbec (1 per cent), barrel-aged for 21 months. Already highly enjoyable, it is full-coloured, mouthfilling, savoury and supple, with ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, seasoned with nutty oak, earthy notes adding complexity, gentle tannins and a very harmonious finish. Drink now or cellar to 2026.” – Michael Cooper

Tasting Note: 84% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium red fruits and some earth, spice and leather undertones on the nose call to mind classic Bordeaux. The palate is medium-bodied and pleasantly weighty without being overpowering. Fresh and accessible, but also showing complex structure that speaks to the very talented winemaker behind this release, and the precisely-judged blend of five distinct varietals.

Winemaking Notes: In the winery, bunches were 100% destemmed and 80% crushed into oak cuves or stainless steel open-top fermenters. Ferments were cold soaked for 4-5 days to allow wild yeast development, then inoculated with oenological yeasts. Total time on skins ranged from 1-3 weeks depending on the varietal, fruit condition and the character desired. Free run wines were put to barrel and marc was lightly basket pressed. All wine was barrel-aged in French oak for ca. 21 months before final blending. The wine was sterile-filtered and bottled under screw cap on the estate.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Variety: Bordeaux blend

Region: Clevedon, New Zealand

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