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  • An amazingly complete wine - hard to imagine how it could possibly be much better.
  • Possibly the best Puriri Hills vintage yet.
  • Clevedon’s best red wines since its first commercial vintage in 1999.
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Deep Red
Nose A bouquet of astonishing quality and concentration - complex notes of exotic perfumes including violets, cassis, dried plum, nutmeg, graphite, leather and a hint of dark chocolate and liquorice.
Palate There is an extraordinary fragrance and freshness of bouquet centred on red fruits, almost red currant and raspberry, as if the wine were cabernet franc dominantDeeply coloured, it is mouthfilling and supple, with substantial body and deep, lush blackcurrant, herb, spice and nut flavours, framed by fine, silky tannins.Showing lovely richness and texture, it’s a drink-now or cellaring proposition.
Food Pairing Beef and Venison
Cellaring 15 Plus Years
Notes Puriri Hills makes luxurious blended red wines inspired by the grand crus of Pomerol and St Emilion, on the right bank of Bordeaux. The vineyard is set in green rolling hills southeast of Auckland, New Zealand, just outside of the village of Clevedon. From the main road, a long driveway climbs past vineyards, which produced their first handmade, blended red wine in 1999.
Variety Red Blends
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2013
Region Auckland
Country New Zealand
Sustainability None
Alcohol 14.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Auckland
The Auckland region was home to the Dalmatian immigrants who settled in West Auckland in the early part of the 20th Century, bringing with them winemaking traditions. The New Zealand wine industry largely owes its beginnings to those early settlers.

Most of the wineries are around 45 minutes drive from the city of Auckland, so the region is popular for day trippers. Auckland’s climate in general isn't ideally suited to grape cultivation, but small pockets or sub-regions exist where micro-climates can produce some world-class wines. The region typically gets enough sunshine for the harvest, but rain is the constant threat, especially in spring and summer.

The red varieties that work the best in the region are the Bordeaux styled varieties made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and also the non-Bordeaux Syrah. Most notable of the whites grown in the region is Chardonnay, for which Kumeu River is very highly regarded.
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Bob Campbell MW
A blend of merlot, carmenere, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Named not in honour of the Pontiff but after a highly appreciated past employee. Surprisingly more accessible than the more firmly structured Harmonie du Soir label and the entry-level Estate label, this is elegance on a grand scale with a truly impressive depth of dark berry, floral, violet, spice and subtle savoury and dried herb notes. It's a wonderful demonstration of power delivered with great subtlety. A generously proportioned wine that promises to be a long-distance runner.

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