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Medium bodied with supple tannins & moreish acidity

Perfumed with aromas of dark plum, violets & dried herbs, with complexing oak spice

Perfect with venison sausage, wood-fired pizza & cheeses

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Merlot 2018

Member rating / 14
$14.99p/Btl
6 Btls, $89.94 6 Btls, $78.21
Awarded Gold Medal Awarded Gold Medal Awarded Gold Medal
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Merlot 2018

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Merlot 2018

Member rating / 14
The 2018 Hawkes Bay vintage provided superb conditions for ripening...
$14.99p/Btl
6 Btls, $89.94 6 Btls, $78.21

Accolades

Awarded Gold Medal

New Zealand International Wine Show 2019

Awarded Gold Medal

Hawke's Bay Wine Awards 2019

Awarded Gold Medal

New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards 2019

Description

  • Oak spice
  • Dark plum
  • Sweet fruit
  • Supple tannins

This deeply coloured Merlot displays perfumed aromas of dark plum, violets and dried herbs, with complexing oak spice characters. A medium-bodied, smooth and approachable palate follows with sweet fruit, supple tannins and moreish acidity.

The 2018 Hawkes Bay vintage followed on from officially one of the warmest Summers on record, which gave red varietals in particular superb conditions for ripening. The white harvest commenced early in March with pressure from rain, however, the majority of the later ripening reds were harvested in excellent condition under welcome blue skies. Once destemmed and crushed to open-top fermenters the grapes were inoculated with several strains of yeast and fermented at 30 degrees C. Post fermentation the parcels were pressed to oak barriques, 20% new, for 12 months maturation. The wine was blended, egg white fined and filtered to bottle.

Food Pairing: Merlot is particularly good paired with full-flavoured dishes, game, red meat, pizza and cheeses. Styled for enjoyment upon release or hold for up to 5 years as the wine will develop further complexity.

 

 

 

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Alcohol

13.5%

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NZ (from $5.70)

Member Rating

4.5 Stars

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User comments (5)

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Delicious - even ignoring the sharp price!

Matthew - 20/05/2020

d
Lovely to drink , crisp and fresh with no lingering aftertaste as some merlots tend to do .

deb - 07/05/2020

A
Nice drinking wine that had some depth. Would buy again.

Alec - 14/09/2020

M
Quite a dry merlot, as in not the usual berry thing. Masses of flavour though, stays on the palate a long time but just a bit different. Big ups to the winemaker.

Mike - 09/05/2020

M
As a NZ red goes, value for money. Many Australian reds at the same price also just as good.

Mike - 24/04/2020


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