Spirit of Marlborough 2017 Special Dragon Edition
Spirit of Marlborough 2017 Special Dragon Edition

Spirit of Marlborough 2017 Special Dragon Edition

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As we welcome the Year of the Dragon, symbolizing power, strength, and good fortune, we toast to the fiery spirit that has fuelled the journey of Hans Herzog Estate in Marlborough over the past 30 years. To celebrate this milestone, we've created a special edition of our organic flagship wine, Spirit of Marlborough.

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 Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a purity of fruit that few can compete with. Power, harmony, and grace – wine lovers rejoice!

Vintage 2017+

Following a wet start to the season, warm, dry weather prevailed, culminating in a perfect Indian summer for our Bordeaux varieties. We meticulously hand-picked physiologically ripe grapes at a low yield of 600g/vine.

The three grape varieties for Spirit - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot, complemented by a touch of Petit Verdot and Malbec - thrive on the gravelly soils of our estate vineyard, akin to the finest wine estates in Bordeaux. These soils, rich in gravel, play a pivotal role in shaping the quality and character of our wines. Well-drained and nutrient-poor, they encourage the vines to produce grapes with concentrated flavours. Moreover, the gravel retains heat, aiding in ripening, while reflecting sunlight back onto the vines, further enhancing the maturation process.

Hans' Winemaking Comments

Healthy, destemmed grapes underwent a prolonged cold soak to extract rich flavors and antioxidants from the skins. The must then underwent an extended wild yeast fermentation and post-maceration. Following gentle pressing, the wine was transferred to partly new French Barriques for a second natural malolactic fermentation. With minimal oxygen exposure during 30 months of maturation, the wine and wood harmonized, resulting in a rich, complex, and textured wine with exceptional aging potential. Reminiscent of a "Grand Cru" Pomerol, this flagship wine was matured for three additional years in our barrel hall, offering outstanding quality without the premium price tag. No fining, no filtration. Vegan.

Tasting Notes

The 2017 vintage shows finesse and detail, precision and complexity, full of harmony, power and grace. Darkest crimson with black core. So intense, the fruit seems to engulf you. Ripe but not overblown on the nose, all damson blackberry. The palate is powerful but beautifully balanced, with juicy acidity and fine tannins tempering the glossy black fruit. Dark, pure and overwhelming in its purity. Remarkably balanced - juicy acidity with fine-grained tannin are persistent and abundant making for a mouth watering length and freshness. Expansive, heady and rich, an elegant blockbuster that warrants bottle age. Tasted October 2021

Technical Data+
Varieties 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc, 31 Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot & Malbec
Rootstock Cabernet Sauvignon 3309, Cabernet Franc 3309/101.14, Merlot 101.14 / 5BB / Riparia Gloire
Vines Planted 1996

Shallow (<45cm) stony, gravel and sandy soil. Well drained, developed from stony alluvium.

Planting Density 5,500 vines/ha
Yield 2t/ha
Alcohol 14%
Residual Sugar <1g/L
Ageing Potential 20+ years
Bottles Produced 4,721
Food Matching Suggestions +

This Bordeaux blend complements roast meats and grilled dishes superbly. Pair it with truffle brie for a luxurious experience, or simply enjoy it on its own as a celebration of its exceptional quality.

Industry Reviews

James Suckling - 95 Points

'A linear and firm red with blackcurrant, iron and cedar aromas and flavors. Violets and lilacs, too. Medium-bodied with racy tannins and a linear finish. Needs some time to soften but a beauty already. From organically grown grapes. A blend of 40% cabernet franc, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot. Drink or hold.'