From the winemaker…
Pope is Puriri Hills’ exceptional vintage wine that was first produced in 2005. It is only produced in outstanding years and consistently ranks as New Zealand’s top Bordeaux blend. Puriri Hills wines are released five to eight years after vintage to ensure that newly launched wines are ready to drink upon release.
41% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc, 18% Carmenère, 10% Malbec
Less than 1500 bottles produced.
98 Points “Quite a Bordeaux-like red that’s more vinous than fruity. Savoury, dried herb, spicy oak, leather, violet, dark berries, plum and cocoa powder. Still quite youthful with plenty of cellaring potential.” Bob Campbell ONZM MW
Why we love it…
Puriri Hills’ top wine shines with the opulence and elegance of a Grand Cru right-bank Bordeaux. A seductive, perfumed nose with layers of complexity that unfurl over time in the glass, red fruits, florals, fig, truffle and spice. The texture on the palate is stunning, a balance of apparent weightlessness with persistence. Wonderful to drink now and will age beautifully. A show stopper.
You can read more about Puriri Hills and their wines here.