Hans Herzog

Hans Herzog, Marlborough
 

A very hands-on European approach to winemaking in Marlborough, almost a single-handed operation by Hans Herzog, a very driven individual with very clear ideas of where he is taking his wines and with an unwaivering belief that what he is doing is right. The whole range of wines to the European palate were exceptionally good but are they a Marlborough style of wine and would an unsuspecting customer be disappointed that the wine did not have the “Malborough-ness”? We tasted his full range but we will just pick out the highlights.

Pinot Gris 2010
Restrained ripe spicy pear and apple with good minerality, lovely mouth texture and a long spicy finish.

Spirit of Marlborough 2002
An example of the almost eccentricity of Hans, who else in NZ will have a current release of a ten-year old wine? This is not a library release but a genuine current release. A blend of 60% Merlot, 15% Cab Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec. Three years barrel-ageing, seven years in bottle! Ripe blackberry, plums, wild dark fruits, lovely complex palate and very fine tannins and an exceptionally good finish. God, this is good! Quite extraordinary and will age happily for another ten years at least.

Zweigelt 2010
Again, who would have expected to have found this variety in Marlborough, let alone to find it in a bottle and tasting as good? Really dark spicy blackberry fruit, cherry stone character and damson underpinned by a real streak of very sweet
fruit. Delicious, spicy, peppery long black fruit finish. Classy!
 
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Posted on 28/03/2012
by Philip
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