Puriri Hills Reserve 2004

87 points

Clevedon, Auckland, New Zealand. 13%

A merlot, carminere, cabernet blend. Another example of classy winemaking from this new estate. Very much a classic lean-ish Bordeaux style, dark colour, nice tight fruit and deft use of neutral French oak. More concentration than the 2002, but not the right bank style they are aiming for, there just isn’t the weight or physiological ripeness – wait for the next vintage 2005 for that.

This should age well, indeed it really needs a few more years of age. And appropriate food. Impressive wine from an estate that obviously has ambitions, but as with the 2002 not quite justifying the price.

1 thought on “Puriri Hills Reserve 2004

  1. I think the 04s need some time, very backward. I also agree that the 04 reserve stylistically is perhaps more left bank than right. Definitely better than the 02 reserve, but very primary. Hold final judgement, however the 05s are better

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