Pinot Noir Grand Duc 2015 - Library Wine

Pinot Noir Grand Duc 2015 - Library Wine

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97/100 points from James Suckling! Every once in a while, when the stars align, magic happens. Behold the 'Grand Duc', born from the finest vineyard selections, handpicked with utmost care and crafted to perfection. Hans invites you to savour this exceptional Pinot Noir, akin to a 'Grand Cru' Burgundy, after years of meticulous aging. Get ready for an unforgettable wine experience!

Vintage 2015+

From time to time when the stars align, Hans is able to produce not only a gorgeous Pinot Noir, but a ‘Grand Duc’. We handpicked the grapes from a sacrificial low yield of 400g/vine from selected rows with a higher clay content to achieve natural concentration and complexity. 2015 provided a long growing season, enhancing flavours and aromas that resulted in this very special Pinot Noir.

Hans Herzog natural winemaking +

The extended cold soak followed a natural, wild yeast fermentation over 20 days. After gentle pressing the wine was then transferred to French barriques (30% new) where it progressed through malolactic fermentation and aged on its fine lees for an invaluable 22 months, making it a contender to last the ages. No fining, no filtration.

Original Tasting Notes+

From the origins of the Herzog* name itself, this regal Pinot Noir is aptly dubbed the ‘Grand Duc’. A heady nose of blackberries, dark chocolate and spices lead to a mouth-watering palette of ripe dark plums, liquorice and velvety soft tannins. Extremely concentrated with an impressive structure but amazingly lively and vibrant. A long, smoky luscious finish, fit for any member of the monarch.

Technical Data+
Variety 100% Pinot Noir
Clones 667, 777, Abel
Rootstock SO4 
Vine Planted 1996

Shallow (<45cm) well drained sandy and gravelly soil with clay-sand    patches from stony alluvium

Planting Density 5,550 vines/ha
Yield 1t/ha
Alcohol 14%
Residual Sugar <1g/L
Ageing Potential 15+ years
Food Matching Suggestions+

A perfect match for any celebration! But particularly great with pork, duck, lamb and pasta dishes.

Industry Reviews+

James Suckling - 97 points

'The tannins are so polished and creamy, yet it’s firm at the same time, like cut velvet. It’s full-bodied with juicy plums and strawberries. Flavorful and savory. Hints of meat and bark. Mushroom, too. From organically grown grapes. Drink now.'

The Real Review- 95 points

"Hand-picked grapes from very low-yielding vines and an exceptional vintage were fermented and matured for 22 months in barrel. A flagship wine with weight, concentration and richness. Plum, cranberry, spicy oak, mixed spice, dried herbs and subtle floral flavours. A complex wine that's accessible now but no rush." Bob Campbell