Michael Cooper’s Online Buyer’s Guide to NZ Wines: 2015
Puriri Hills Estate 2010: Deeply coloured, it is full-bodied, with a spicy bouquet and an array of blackcurrant, plum, herb, spice and nut flavours, showing excellent depth and complexity. Retasted in 2014, it is maturing very gracefully. …the 2010 is a beauty – dark, fleshy and silky, with lovely ripeness and mouthfeel. 5 stars”
Puriri Hills Reserve 2010: Designated Classic. “The 2010 (5*) is outstanding – richly fragrant, ripe, densely packed, supple and very ‘complete’.”
Puriri Hills Pope 2010: “Deeply coloured, it is mouthfilling and supple, with substantial body and deep, lush blackcurrant, herb, spice and nut flavours, framed by fine, silky tannins. Showing lovely richness and texture, it’s a drink-now or cellaring proposition. Outstandingly lush and complex, with ripe, supple tannins and very deep plum, spice, herb and slight liquorice flavours, it shows great potential. 5 stars – a potential classic”
Puriri Hills Rosé 2014: “… is bright, pale red, fresh and lively, with very youthful, berryish, slightly spicy flavours, showing good vigour and depth. 4 stars”
Mokoroa from Puriri Hills: The 2011 vintage 3.5 stars was matured for three years in French oak barrels. Fullish and slightly developed in colour, it is mouthfilling, fleshy and ripe, with moderately concentrated plum, spice and herb flavours, savoury and supple. Drink now onwards.