Puriri Hills Estate 2018
$55.00 inc. GST
91/100 – James Suckling
95/100 – Bob Campbell MW (2017 vintage)
“A fresh and light style of red with medium to light body, light and delicate tannins. Currant and iron character. Bright and pretty. 46% merlot, 24% carmenere, 23% malbec and 7% cabernet franc. Drink now.” – James Suckling
Tasting Note: The 2018 Estate is a forward release, coming from a cooler growing season with above-average rainfall. As no Pope or Harmonie du Soir were made in this vintage, the Estate contains the best fruit from a small yield and shows off classic Puriri Hills power in spite of the vintage’s challenges. A generous nose of plum, spice and dried herbs leads into a very round palate, with mellow, integrating tannins. Great drinking now with a decant, but will evolve well over five years. A fine right-bank Bordeaux equivalent for a terrific price.
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 briefly 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 lightly filtered and bottled under cork on the estate.
Varietal: Bordeaux blend
Region: Clevedon, New Zealand