What the Critics say
An equal blend of merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. A little bottle age has produced a mellow texture and good flavour integration. Quite a mellow, savoury red with red and black fruit flavours together with hedgerow, charcuterie and spicy oak. An elegant wine with cellaring potential. Drink: 2022-2025
The wine for which Hans Herzog changed 500 years of winegrowing lineage in Switzerland to pursue his dream to find the perfect terroir to make an outstanding Bordeaux blend, able to stand amongst the world’s best. A handcrafted blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon with a purity of fruit that few can compete with. Power, harmony, and grace – wine lovers rejoice! This noble blend shows off with aromas of juicy dark plums, black fruits and berries. Subtle spices, herbs and dark chocolate add to the complexity. Concentration and opulence aplenty followed by a sensuous, lingering long finish. Enjoy this stately flagship wine at its full potential alike a “Grand Cru” Pomerol with many years of bottle ageing.
'A powerful and layered red with blackcurrant, black olive and stone. Some iron, too. Full-bodied with polished yet chewy tannins and a long finish. The oyster-shell and lead-pencil character is beautiful. Equal blend of merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.' - James Suckling, 96 Points.
The 2016 vintage shows finesse and detail, precision and complexity, full of harmony, power and grace. Darkest crimson with black core. So intense, the fruit seems to engulf you. Ripe but not overblown on the nose, all damson blackberry. The palate is powerful but beautifully balanced, with juicy acidity and fine tannins tempering the glossy black fruit. Dark, pure and overwhelming in its purity. Remarkably balanced - juicy acidity with fine-grained tannin are persistent and abundant making for a mouth watering length and freshness. Expansive, heady and rich, an elegant blockbuster that warrants bottle age.
Perfect for meat lovers, pair with steak, lamb and strong hard cheeses, such as Gruyere.
ABOUT HANS HERZOG ESTATE
The Wine Enthusiast
With over 500 years of winemaking history in his family, Swiss winemaker Hans Herzog picked up his life in Zurich wine country, and with his wife Therese, headed for New Zealand. In 1994, they established one of the most stunning vineyards in the heart of the Marlborough region, planting an astonishing 29 varieties on their small patch of land. They tend the vineyard with immense love and care. Everything is grown organically. Hans crafts premium, idiosyncratic wines that show the beauty of his vineyard in every glass and shares these wines with every person who comes to dine at their fine estate.
As The Wine Front's Gary Walsh once noted, there's "Never a dull moment when you open a wine from Hans Herzog."
|Grape Variety||Cabernet Savignon, Merlot|