2016 Hans Herzog Secret Montepulciano, Marlborough
A big dark wine with dense raspberry and sour cherry fruit to match with grippy tannins, yet all in balance. Montepulciano is the last variety to be picked in late April. Yields are miserly and the fruit is left to cold soak to extract colour and tannins. After gentle pressing the wine is French oak barriques and puncheons (30% new) for 24 months. Dark cherries, damsons, brittle chocolate and spice with a keen acidity and dense tannins. Yes, you can decant and enjoy now but this is a wine for the long haul.