Hans Herzog Estate - Spirit of Marlborough (Merlot, Cabernet)

Spirit of Marlborough 2017

Regular price $89.00 Sale

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 nose bursts with ripe blackberries, plums, and blackcurrant, offering a sweet, alluring aroma. The wine's velvety texture captivates the palate with a luscious juiciness that leaves you craving more. Exceptionally moreish and mouthwatering, this powerhouse blend is impeccably balanced with finesse. The different grape varieties each contribute their best, resulting in remarkable complexity and vibrancy that melds into a lively, harmonious whole. The wine displays impressive depth, richness, and vibrancy. The finish is seemingly endless, with layers of black fruits, spices, and purity. A delightful experience now and destined to age gracefully for years to come.  Tasted April 2024, hh/thh.

Technical Data+

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 2905
Food matching suggestions

This Bordeaux blend pairs excellently with steak, roast meats, and grilled dishes, enhancing each bite with its rich, layered flavours. For a truly luxurious experience, enjoy it with truffle brie. Alternatively, savour it on its own to fully appreciate its exceptional quality and celebrate its complexity.

Industry Reviews+

James Suckling - 95 Points

Tasted as a pre-release in Nov. 22! '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.'