2015 Hans Herzog Spirit Cabernet/Merlot, Marlborough
Another of Hans’s wines that should belong to a classic European region. This is the ultimate Graves red from New Zealand though, with Cabernet Franc rather than Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine has a tilt towards Saint Emilion especially since the soils are sand and gravel. 30 months in French oak and bottled without filtration. If kept for another 5 years sediment will start to form in bottle. The wine is dry with subtle spices and herbs underpinning the dark currant and damson fruit. Regarded by some as the signature red.