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Wonderfully fine-grained tannins integrated with oak

Beautifully layered aromatics of red and black plum, mingling with cassis, smoky roast coffee bean, dried thyme & complex cedary spice nuances

This wine pairs beautifully with Japanese steak dishes like Gyudon

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2016

$59.99p/Btl
6 Btls, $359.94 6 Btls, $312.99
Awarded Trophy Awarded Trophy Awarded Gold Medal Awarded Gold Medal
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2016

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2016

Grown entirely on the gravelly soils of the Gimblett Gravels growing region in Hawkes Bay...
$59.99p/Btl
6 Btls, $359.94 6 Btls, $312.99

Accolades

Awarded Trophy: Champion Cabernet Sauvignon Blends

Wineworks Awards

Awarded Trophy: Champion New Zealand Bordeaux Red Wine

New Zealand International Wine Show 2018

Awarded Gold Medal

New Zealand International Wine Show 2018

Awarded Gold Medal

Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2019

Description

This densely coloured wine shows lovely aromatics with layers of red and black plum, mingling with cassis, smoky roast coffee bean, dried thyme and complex cedary spice nuances. The palate is soft yet concentrated, with wonderfully fine-grained tannins and integrated oak. While approachable in its youth, this wine will benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next 10-15 years.

After quite a cool start to the season, Growing Degree Days finished above the long-term average, with intermittent rainfall throughout the season providing healthy vine canopies. Mid-March and early April rainfall presented challenges to Winemakers and the focus became pushing ripening as far as possible without losing fruit condition. Late ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, with its thick skins and naturally loose bunches, maintained excellent condition and the free draining gravel sites came to the fore with ripe clean fruit available for this wine.

The fruit for this wine was grown entirely on the gravelly soils of the Gimblett Gravels growing region in Hawkes Bay. The vineyard contributes small parcels of exceptional fruit, with its own unique characteristics. The free draining soils of the site helps to ensure balanced fruit and canopy growth which is essential for ripe flavours and tannin development. Yields are cropped low allowing vines to produce fruit that is richly concentrated in colour, flavour and structure.

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Screw Cap

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Alcohol

13.5%

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NZ (from $5.70)

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