Hans Herzog Estate - Marlborough Saperavi

Saperavi 2019

Regular price $112.00 Sale

The ancient, dark-skinned grape variety from Georgia delivers wines that command attention and, at our tiny yield level, devotion. At such concentration, Saperavi with its natural high level of fruit sugar, tannin and acidity turns in a seductive powerhouse like no other wine. Complex, multi-dimensional, structured, and elegant - a wine to truly cherish.

Vintage 2019+

Another stunning growing season, confirming Marlborough as one of the worlds best wine region, perfect for this ancient grape variety from Georgia. With our low crop philosophy and meticulously vineyard work, we handpicked this late ripening grape variety during a stunning ‘Indian’ summer, already on the 30 March with incredible purity at full physiological ripeness. The flesh of this dark-skinned grape is deep pink to produce wines that command attention and at our tiny yield level, devotion. At such concentration, Saperavi with its natural high level of fruit sugar, tannin and acidity turns in a seductive powerhouse like no other wine.

Hans' Winemaking Comments+

'The pure fruit was destemmed, with 50% whole berries, allowing a long cold soak for a slow, soft extraction of colour and flavours from the grape skins. The must went naturally through a wild fermentation for a true expression of the grape variety and its terroir, as it is not influenced by added yeast or any other additions. In total, the must was left 20 days on the skins before being pressed and transferred into three new 225 litre French barriques, one from Swiss oak, for the natural malolactic fermentation. The young wine matured for 18 months in the same barrels making it a contender for a long life. Unfined (vegan) and unfiltered to retain the great flavours. Natural sediments may show. A natural wine built to last forever...'

Tasting Notes+

This wine will bring the most critical wine lover to wine heaven. The gorgeous intense, inky colour metamorphoses into a savoury lusciousness. One of the tasting team called it a sexy Georgian in a glass. Deep, rich and packed with black fruit almost jumping out of the glass. Maturing in new barrels refined the powerful tannins to a classy elegance. Rich and complex, multi-layered with an staggering backbone of fruit, acidity and tannin, each sip giving you more and more pleasure. A dazzling wine experience for a wine to cherish. Tasted July 2022.

Technical Data+
Variety     100% Saperavi
Rootstock  RG
Vine Planted
2010
Soil  Shallow (<45 cm) stony soil, well drained, developed from stony alluvium. Not one row shows the same soil type. Sand and gravel is broken up by clay-sand layers.
Planting Density   6,000 vines/ha
Yield  2t/ha
Alcohol 14%
Residual Sugar  <1 g/l
Ageing Potential 20 years
Bottles Produced 827
Food Matching Suggestions+

Such a substantial wine loves a substantial meal… or feet up, sip and relax!