Puriri Hills Harmonie du Soir 2013

$120.00 inc. GST

The season is at hand when swaying on its stem
Every flower exhales perfume like a censer;
Sounds and perfumes turn in the evening air…
– Charles Baudelaire, Harmonie du Soir (1857)

Case of 6+ bottles: only $93.50/bottle!
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97/100 – Bob Campbell MW
94/100 – Cameron Douglas MS
92/100 – Rebecca Gibb MW
5 stars – Michael Cooper

“A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Previously labelled as “Reserve” it sits between the entry level and flagship labels. Much more structured than the Estate wine with a strong initial impact of firm tannins that ease to expose berry, floral and spice flavours on the wine’s lengthy finish. More concentrated and complex that the Estate. I tasted this wine over a year ago and it seems to have evolved nicely since then but clearly has even greater potential.” – Bob Campbell MW

“Youthful fragrant lifted bouquet packed with scents of plum and blackberry, a touch of blueberry then clay, earthy tones, complex and layered. Dry, fresh, tense and very youthful on the palate. Firm tannins with chalky attention seeking textures, abundant acidity and youthful energy. All these messages are tempered by the core of dark red fruit flavours. Persistent in flavour, texture , length and complexity. A very young wine that requires a lot more quiet cellar time to integrate and harmonise. A wine with great potential for those who can wait. Decant for service though best drinking likely from 2024.” – Cameron Douglas MS

“Formerly known as its Reserve wine, Harmonie du Soir 2013 is a blend of 76% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 8% Malbec. Vanilla dominates the first nose but swirling revelas complex layers of cherry, blackberry, mint and a hint of spice. Elegant on the mid palate, round with plenty of freshness and a slight warmth on the finish (14% abv).” – Rebecca Gibb MW

“Still a baby, this is a highly refined, dark and powerful red (14% alc/vol), with notable depth of blackcurrant and plum flavours, hints of cherries and dark chocolate, and obvious potential. Grace in a glass it should be very long-lived.” – Michael Cooper

Tasting Note: The 2013 vintage will be hailed as legendary for Puriri Hills, a winery that has enjoyed no shortage of generous growing seasons. Harmonie du Soir (“Evening Harmony”) refers to Baudelaire’s reflection on sensory magic, the condition of all natural elements being in harmony for a brief moment, which is certainly appropriate for such a magical wine. Dark and inky-purple in appearance, the nose is an aromatic explosion, with bramble, spice, mocha and graphite. It’s silky-smooth and immensely chewy on the palate, which pulsates through to a resounding, lengthy finish. One of the best wines ever to come out of this tiny property, to be cellared with confidence for at least 15 years.

Alcohol: 14.0%

Variety: Bordeaux blend

Region: Clevedon, New Zealand

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