Hans Herzog specialises in making varieties that you would least expect to see in New Zealand, and this wine made from the Austrian Zweigelt grape is no exception. This wine is full of blackberries and blueberries but the nose is also very herbal, as you would expect from Zweigelt, with aromas of thyme and sage accompanied by a lifted, subtle note of pot pourri.
The palate has a good intensity of dark blackberry fruit with a grainy, earthy note reminiscent of blackberries freshly picked in the garden. The tannins are firm but fine and the wine is very balanced overall, with a herbaceous freshness offsetting the ripe fruit. The profile of intense dark berries and herbs mingles with a note of sour red cherries and leads on to a mocha/bitter dark chocolate finish. This is a fine, intriguing and complex wine.
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