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
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
“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.
Variety: Bordeaux blend
Region: Clevedon, New Zealand