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"Champion Merlot" NZWIS

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

Perfect with venison sausage, wood-fired pizza & cheeses

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Merlot 2019

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$14.99p/Btl
6 Btls, $89.94 6 Btls, $78.21
Awarded Trophy Awarded Trophy
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Merlot 2019

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Merlot 2019

Member rating / 3
2019 was an exceptional Hawkes Bay vintage, particularly for reds...
$14.99p/Btl
6 Btls, $89.94 6 Btls, $78.21

Accolades

Awarded Trophy: Champion Merlot

New Zealand International Wine Show 2020

Awarded Trophy: Champion New Zealand Bordeaux Red Wine

New Zealand International Wine Show 2020

Description

  • Oak spice
  • Dark plum
  • Supple tannins
  • Moreish acidity

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.

2019 was an exceptional Hawkes Bay vintage, particularly for reds. Moderate yields combined with warmer than average temperatures and dry conditions encouraged fruit across the region to achieve optimum ripeness and maintain excellent condition through to harvest. This wine is a blend of Villa Maria's Gimblett Gravels vineyards, where free draining soils temper vine vigour, resulting in low yields of ripe and concentrated fruit.

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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13.5%

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Outstanding value being under $15. I wonder how good the Reserve would be, because the Cellar Selection is superb.

Allan - 25/01/2021


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