With the day off today I headed out to Hans Herzog Winery. A treat I have been saving to the end of vintage and it was definitely worth the wait.
Hans is from Switzerland and grows 29 varietals over 11.5 hectares in Marlborough. The vineyard is certified organic and there is very little interference in the winery, in terms of additions and filtering. Resulting in a range where each wine has a wonderful and interesting personality. They’re not made to be crowd pleases, however with such a diverse range, there is something wonderful in the mix for all wine lovers to enjoy.
For more information on the wines, please click on the photos below.
2014 Cuvee Therese; 80% Pinot 20% Chardonnay; 18 months on lees; fresh strawberry, toast, mineral, crunchy red fruit.
A vineyard map plotting the 29 varietals.
2014 Arneis; soft, perfumed and elegant; melon, peach, honey, rose.
2013 Chardonnay; 20 months in 500L French oak; MLF; complex! Cream, butter, toast, cooked apple, great acid and lemon on palate, mineral, vanilla
My forecast or most evenings…
Pinot Gris. Orange tinge with 4 days skin contact. Mineral, spiced, chamomile, apricot.
2011 Pinot Noir; 24 day skin contact; 18 months in barrel; ripe dark cherry, smoke, earth, strawberry compote, pepper, tamarind.
Simple and beautiful outdoor seating for their Michelin starred restaurant.
2013 Zweigelt; 21 days skin contact; aged in oak and on lees for 20 months; MLF; spiced dark plums and cherry with vanilla, refreshing acid with a tannic grip. Would be amazing with venison.
2006 Spirit of Marlborough; 50% Cabernet Franc 50% Merlot; aged 30 months in barrel, another 7 years in bottle before released; noticeable yet supple tannins, vibrant cherry and vanilla on nose, more sharp blackcurrant on palate with smoke, earth, leaf and tobacco. Delicious.
Herzog cellar door
2012 Montepulciano; 30 months oak; a big shouty unapologetic Italian! I love the spirit of this wine. Spiced, sharp fruit, big tannin.