Puriri Hills Mokoroa 2017
- Merlot Blend
- New Zealand, 750ml
Quite an austere red with berry, fresh herb, savoury and spice flavours. Delicately juicy, with a hint of fruit sweetness that helps make the wine more accessible. A blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, carmenere and malbec.
- Winery: Puriri Hills
- Varietal: 84% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Carmenère
- Region: Clevedon, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2017
- Alcohol: 12.6%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
Food pairing: Grilled meats & hamburgers; spaghetti Bolognese; pizza; mushrooms & onions; Parmesan
"Puriri Hills is truly different from other New Zealand producers. A Bordeaux blend specialist, it releases its wines five to eight years after the vintage, ensuring that the newly launched wines are ready to drink upon release." Rebecca Gibb, MW
Puriri Hills goal is to make wines that stand alongside the best wines in the world and yet are uniquely of our place.
It makes luxurious blended red wines inspired by the grand crus of Pomerol and St Émilion, on the right bank of Bordeaux, France. From inception Puriri Hills was created as a premium quality “estate-bottled” production winery. All phases of wine making occur on the Puriri Hills property in Clevedon. Wines are grown, made, bottled and stored in temperature controlled cellars on our property.
The first 4 acres of Merlot and Cabernet Franc (later discovered to be Carmenère) were planted in 1997 with additional half acres of other varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc) added in 1998, 2000 and 2001.
Puriri Hills produced their first handmade, blended red wine in 1999 on site in temporary facilities. The construction of a dedicated winery began in March 2004 with the 2005 vintage becoming the first to be produced in the newly completed winery.
Puriri Hills make no apology for their unwavering focus on quality. The greatest gift from this focus is that they make impressive wine in all vintages and spectacular wine in outstanding years. It enables them to create a lasting relationship with customers allowing them to cellar, savour and enjoy Puriri Hill wine over many years.
- 90/100 – Bob Campbell MW (2016 vintage)
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