Spirit of Marlborough
Hans Herzog Merlot Cabernet
"Spirit of Marlborough" 2008
Winemakers Comments: One of my favourite vintages of one of my favourite wines what better combination! Like falling head first into a basket of ripe, dark fruits, encapsulating the flavours of the berry compote I loved as a child. The grapes realised full physiological ripeness with the wine being extremely elegant and well-delineated resonant of my prized Pomerol. I chose a long fermentation for optimum extraction and voluptuous texture before transferring the wine into French barriques for malolactic fermentation and 30 months of ageing. Unfined and unfiltered for maximum enjoyment. Natural sediments may show.
Winemaking: A journey reminiscent of a native bush walk through the wilderness. Opening with inviting aromas of sweet blackberries, blackcurrants and dark chocolate, followed by an earthy secondary layer kindled by many years of ageing. The heady scents transition to the palate allowing the wine to sing in full harmony. The palate shows off with additional flavours of liquorice, wild berries, and dark cherries. A dynamic wine with a beautiful backbone, ripe tannins and great acidity for an endless life! Hans wants you to enjoy his stately flagship wine at its full potential and like a Grand Cru Pomerol that means many years of bottle ageing which he did but without the heavy price tag!
Food Suggestions: Beef, game, slow cooked lamb and ripe Brie de Meaux.
Cellaring Potential: >15 years