Hans Herzog Marlborough Spirit of Marlborough Limited Release 2011

Spirit of Marlborough 2011 - Limited Release

Regular price $129.00 Sale

We like you to enjoy our stately flagship wine at its full potential, very much like a “Grand Cru” Pomerol with many years of bottle ageing. And so, we did, under perfect condition in our barrel hall without the hefty price tag! You’ll find still plenty of black fruit with tannins beautifully smoothed-out. The length is impressive, bold, and seductive. Unbeatable.

Vintage 2011+

After a perfect, long dry autumn we handpicked a tiny yield of 600g/vine of healthy, physiologically ripe Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes in harmony with our ‘low yield/highest quality’ philosophy. The vines grow on the sandy, gravelly soils of our vineyard, akin to those of the Pomerol* region. Both climates are moderated by their proximity to the Ocean and the presence of rivers yielding wines of exclusive velvety quality best after 10 years of ageing.

Hans' Winemaking Comments+

'The grapes enjoyed a long maceration time and progressed into a natural wild fermentation to extract the beautiful flavours. Malolactic fermentation followed in partly new French barriques where the wine matured for a total of 30 month. Unfined and unfiltered. Natural sediments may show.'

Tasting Note+

This noble blend shows off with aromas of juicy dark plums, black fruits and berries. Subtle spices, herbs and dark chocolate add to the complexity. Concentration and opulence aplenty followed by a sensuous, lingering long finish. We like you to enjoy this stately flagship wine at its full potential alike a “Grand Cru” Pomerol with many years of bottle ageing. And so, we did, under perfect condition in our barrel hall, but without the heavy price tag!

Technical Data+
Varieties 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Franc
Rootstock Cabernet Franc - 3309/101.14 Merlot - 101.14 / 5BB / Riparia Gloire
Vines Planted 1996
Soil Shallow (<45cm) stony, gravel and sandy soil. Well drained, developed from stony alluvium.
Planting Density 5,500 vines/ha
Yield <3t/ha
Alcohol 14%
Residual Sugar <1g/L
Ageing Potential 20+ years (if kept at optimum temperature - <14 degrees)
Bottles Produced 1,152
Food Matching Suggestions+

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

Industry Reviews+

The Real Review - 96 points

An equal blend of merlot and cabernet franc from low-yielding vines that produced a miniscule 500 grams of grapes per vine. Intense, remarkably fresh and supremely elegant wine, with an array of flavours including cassis, red-fleshed plum, dried herb, coffee, and sweet 'forest floor' flavours. Very accessible now but no rush. Bob Campbell