Spirit of Marlborough 2014 Magnum, Hans Herzog

Spirit of Marlborough 2014 Magnum

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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!

Vintage 2014 +

A vintage basking in long, sunny days and abundant sunshine hours! The warm December made for perfect flowering and fruit set. A beautiful dry summer and autumn matched by cooler night-time temperatures made for an ideal long growing season allowing the flavours in the fruit to excel. We hand-picked perfect physiologically ripe grapes at a low yield of 700g/ vine.

Hans' Winemaking Comments+

'A long cold soak of the grapes allowed to extract the superb flavours. I then let the must naturally progress through a long wild yeast fermentation and extended skin maceration. After gentle pressing, the young wine was transferred into partly new French Barriques where it underwent the second natural malolactic fermentation and matured on its fine lees for a total of 30 months. Matured in the bottle in our barrel hall at perfect conditions for a further 3 years. No fining. No filtration. Natural wine.'

Tasting Notes+

The 2014 Spirit reveals vibrant blackberries, cassis, black currants with touches of cigar box and dark chocolate. Delicately crafted with nuanced, quietly intense layers of vivacious black fruits, the palate features a solid frame of polished, rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and minerally. This sophisticated power house offers superb precision and opulence, yet is immensely elegant. Juicy on the palate with a huge long finish, this one is made to last forever. A regal wine like the a true king!

Technical Data+

Varieties

33% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon

Soil Shallow (<45cm) stony, gravel and sandy soil. Well drained, developed from stony alluvium.
Plant Density 5,550 vines/ha
Yield <3t/ha
Vine Planted 1996

Alcohol

14.%

Residual Sugar

<1g/L

Ageing Potential

20+ years

Food Matching Suggestions+

Perfect for meat lovers, pair with steak, lamb and strong hard cheeses, such as Gruyere.

Industry Reviews +

The Real Review - 95 Points

'A blend of merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon in equal parts. Rich, ripe and fleshy red that's showing the benefit of a little bottle-age with integrated flavours and a silken texture. Ripe berry, dark cherry, cassis, dried herb, liquorice and nutty oak flavours. Should develop well with bottleage.' Bob Campbell