Puriri Hills Pope 2005
$275.00 inc. GST
Extremely rare library release of the 2005 Pope, the first vintage ever released of Puriri Hills’ top wine – just a few bottles available.
5 stars – Michael Cooper
“The very classy debut 2005 vintage … has a dark colour and a brambly, slightly toasty bouquet. Youthful, with obvious potential, it is rich, ripe and highly concentrated, with hints of coffee and spices, and notable, complexity and density.” – Michael Cooper
Tasting Note: The flagship wine from Judy Fowler’s world-class operation in Clevedon. Made in tiny quantities and only in exceptional years. 47% Merlot, 33% Carmenère, 10% Cabernet franc, 10% Malbec. Outstandingly lush and complex, with ripe, supple tannins and very deep plum, spice, herb and slight liquorice flavours.
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 for 1-4 days to allow wild yeast development, then inoculated with oenological yeasts. Total time on skins ranged from 2-4 weeks depending on the varietal and the character desired. Free run wines were put to barrel and marc was lightly basket pressed. Pressings were held separately in barrels. All wine was barrel-aged in French oak, about 60% new, for ca. 20 months before final blending. The wine was not fined or filtered.
Variety: Merlot Blend
Region: Clevedon, Auckland, New Zealand