75cl * 14.5% ABV * Marlborough, New Zealand
Feeling frustrated that he could only work with a limited number of grape varieties in Switzerland's cool climate, Hans Herzog left his 500-year-old family winery for New Zealand, where he planted everything from Arneis to Zweigelt. Vibrant and juicy, this Italian varietal shows sappy raspberry fruit alongside some grippy tannin. Deliciously drinkable already, it also has the potential for serious cellaring. Drink to 2026+.
Jancis Robinson – 16.5 points “Mid crimson. Tangy and intense aroma of dark-red fruits, zesty sour cherry, without any excess fruit sweetness, some oak spice, a touch of vanilla, plus an attractive stony quality to balance that lively Marlborough fruit profile. Chewy, satisfying tannin texture that frames the fruit, and lots of freshness. Long, chewy, fruit-filled finish with the harmony to suggest a long life, especially having tasted the still lively and balanced 2009. Bursting with health. Long, complete wine with an Italianate bite on the finish.” Julia Harding