Puriri Hills Harmonie du Soir 2014

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The season is at hand when swaying on its stem
Every flower exhales perfume like a censer;
Sounds and perfumes turn in the evening air…
– Charles Baudelaire, Harmonie du Soir (1857)

Accolades:
97/100 – Bob Campbell MW
5 stars (Super Classic) – Michael Cooper

“A blend of merlot 42%, cabernet franc 25%, Carménère 17%, cabernet sauvignon 8% and malbec 8%. Intense and complex red with a range of flavours including dark berry, plum, wood smoke, roasted chestnut, anise, spice and nutty oak. A delicious wine that’s great to taste now but promises to develop further with bottle age.” – Bob Campbell MW

…the dark, youthful 2014 vintage also shows impressive density and complexity.” – Michael Cooper

Tasting Note: Another generous growing season has resulted in a Harmonie du Soir release that impressively treads the line between power and restraint. After some time in the decanter, this young wine begins to reveal its incredible perfume of vibrant red fruits and exotic spices. It’s silky-smooth and immensely chewy on the palate, red fruits again matched with spice and a savoury herbal component, which pulsates through to a resounding, lengthy finish. One of the best wines ever to come out of this tiny property, to be cellared with confidence for at least 15 years.


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