75cl * 14.0% 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, as well as some more recognisable, international varieties. This is a dense and ripe Chardonnay (from Dijon and Mendoza clones), satin smooth in texture, with a real mouthful of creamy fruit accompanied by some light smoky tones. Pair with turbot, creamed corn, butternut squash or pumpkin dishes. Just 2,000 bottles produced.
Wine Enthusiast – 96 points “This is an exceptional, Old World-style Chardonnay of depth and beauty from one of New Zealand's most intriguing winegrowers. From the Herzog family's organically farmed vines, this deep-gold Chard is rich and evocative, like the air after a summer rainstorm (think wet hay, fresh herbs, papaya and honeyed pear). The opulence of the palate—texturally like melted caramel—is offset by flickers of salty minerals. The oak is present but supportive. An intense, complex wine that should age gorgeously until 2035 at least.” Christina Pickard