Puriri Hills Pope 2013
$215.00 inc. GST
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99/100 – Bob Campbell MW
98/100 – Cameron Douglas MS
95/100 – Rebecca Gibb MW
5 stars – Michael Cooper
“A blend of merlot, carmenere, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Named not in honour of the Pontiff but after a highly appreciated past employee. Surprisingly more accessible than the more firmly structured Harmonie du Soir label and the entry-level Estate label, this is elegance on a grand scale with a truly impressive depth of dark berry, floral, violet, spice and subtle savoury and dried herb notes. It’s a wonderful demonstration of power delivered with great subtlety. A generously proportioned wine that promises to be a long-distance runner.” – Bob Campbell MW
“Fragrant and alluring bouquet with some beguiling perfumes, complexity, focus and youth. This is a young wine still with lots of aromas of french oak and toasty wood spice layers. Dark berries, marmite, whispers of dark chocolate and olive. On the palate – tense, vibrant, full-bodied and rich in flavour and texture. Some very fine tannins, medium+ acidity still ageing and integrating well. Still requiring cellar time or double decanting if you cannot wait. A reflection of the excellence that 2013 gifted us in New Zealand. Complex and lengthy finish. A true investment wine likely best from 2030.” – Cameron Douglas MS
“Very dense nose with lots of vanilla-derived oak at first. This finely textured,concentrated blend is composed of 70% Merlot, 10% Carmenere, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec. There are ripe flavours of blackcurrant, spice – even a touch peppery – with a minty freshness. The tannins are abundant and ripe providing a structured framework to the rich frame. While this is already 6 years old, this is the most recent release from Puriri Hills and is a baby, needing bottle age to she its oak flavours. It has the concentration, tannin and fresh acidity to drink 2020-2030.” – Rebecca Gibb MW
“Full of youthful promise, the 2013 vintage is a classy blend of Merlot (70 per cent), Cabernet Franc (10 per cent), Carménère (10 per cent), Cabernet Sauvignon (5 per cent) and Malbec (5 per cent), matured in French oak casks (100 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it has a fragrant, youthful, berryish, spicy bouquet, leading into a full-bodied, already very approachable wine, with densely packed, complex plum, blackcurrant and spice flavours, firm, savoury and persistent. Best drinking 2020+.” – Michael Cooper
Tasting Note: An historical release, the 2013 vintage was more generous than any other in recent memory. High yields of Merlot resulted in the highest proportion ever in the blend (70%) which aligns Puriri Hills’ top wine even closer to the supreme opulence and elegance of a Grand Cru right-bank Bordeaux, Pomerol specifically. This is reflected in the seductive, perfumed nose, which unfurls layers of complexity over time in the glass, with red fruits, florals, fig, truffle and spice box. The texture on the palate is show-stopping, magnificently pulling off a distinctive balance of apparent weightlessness with persistence. Hugely long-lived, this wine could be Judy’s first to comfortably push past 20 years’ worth of drinking window.
Alcohol Volume: 14.0%
Variety: Merlot Blend
Region: Clevedon, Auckland New Zealand