Puriri Hills Estate 2013

$57.00 inc. GST

96/100 – Bob Campbell MW
96/100 – Cameron Douglas MS
90/100 – Rebecca Gibb MW
5 stars – Michael Cooper

“The long-awaited release from a top vintage is a blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, malbec and cabernet franc grown on clay soils in a beautiful hillside vineyard. This is a ripe and elegant red with an array of subtle fruit flavours interwoven with hint so cedar and spicy oak. Restrained Bordeaux-like red that I find very appealing. Accessible now but with potential to grow even further with additional bottle age.” – Bob Campbell MW

“An enticing bouquet of red wine with a Bordeaux-esque package of aromas from baking spices and dark red berry fruits to a broody muscley core of earthiness and energy. The Cabernet Franc, though only a 6% contribution to the blend, is powerful and focused with a strong voice of olive and bramble. Flavours on the palate mirror what the nose suggests with baking spice, light and dark berry fruit flavours especially dark plums and blackberry, a whisper of dark chocolate. Youthful still with firm tannins, a slight dusty edge and plenty of acidity. Young, vibrant and balanced though still developing harmonies. Long finish, decant for service though probably best from 2022.” – Cameron Douglas MS

“This blend of 72% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec and 6% Cabernet Franc is the latest release from Puriri Hills, which only launches the wine on the market when its starting to drink. The result is still youthful with a bright ruby hue. It is a ripe style that’s soft and gentle in the mouth. Nicely scented with plum, cedar and pencil lead. A touch warm on the finish.” – Rebecca Gibb MW

“The 2013 vintage is the best since 2010. Dark and highly fragrant, it is a very elegant, poised, youthful wine, with deep, plummy, spicy, nutty flavours, and obvious cellaring potential.” – Michael Cooper

Tasting Note: Perhaps the boldest and most concentrated Estate release so far, inky purple in colour and offering up a generous bouquet of cedar, spice and bramble. Dense and chewy on the palate, with a sturdy structure that promises further development with bottle age. Tannins are beginning to resolve, but remain firm, giving this Estate a soft edge that enables for a myriad of food pairing options. A fine right-bank Bordeaux equivalent for a terrific price.

Alcohol: 14.0%

Varietal: Merlot/Cabernet blend

Region: Clevedon, New Zealand

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