Puriri Hills Harmonie du Soir 2019

$149.00 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)

97/100 – Bob Campbell MW
95/100 – James Suckling
5 stars (Super Classic) – Michael Cooper

“A blend of merlot, cabernet franc, carmenere and malbec. Complex, elegant wine with some savoury bottle development adding extra interest to berry fruit, dried herb, and vinous characters. Deliciously accessible now but showing good cellaring potential.” – Bob Campbell MW

“A rich and flavorful wine that shows hints of wood in the nose and palate as well as a solid core of fruit with currants, cedar and wet earth. Bright and vivid. Medium-firm tannins that are polished and persistent. Flavorful finish. A blend of merlot, cabernet franc, carmenere and malbec. Give this a year or two to come together more. Drink or hold.” – James Suckling

This regional classic is a reserve version of the Estate label. Estate-grown at Clevedon, in South Auckland, it is blended from varying proportions of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Carménère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, and typically matured for two years in French oak barriques (65 per cent new in 2019). The deeply coloured 2019 vintage (5*) is a blend of Merlot (45 per cent), Cabernet Franc (42 per cent), Carménère (7 per cent) and Malbec (6 per cent). A classy, mouthfilling red, it has very rich, ripe blackcurrant, red berry and spice flavours, nutty and leathery notes adding complexity, supple tannins and a very harmonious finish. Already delicious, it’s a drink now or cellaring proposition.” – Michael Cooper

Tasting Note: Another generous growing season has resulted in a Harmonie du Soir release that impressively treads the line between power and restraint. 2019 provided excellent growing conditions, the vintage was characterised by warm temperatures and limited rainfall. Early summer was wet, though conditions dried out post veraison and remained warm and dry through harvest. Yield for the vintage was up with ~16 tones picked. 45% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Franc, 7% Carmenère, 6% Malbec.

Alcohol: 12.8%

Variety: Bordeaux blend

Region: Clevedon, New Zealand

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