Villa Maria Cellar Selection Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

A Merlot-dominant blend, with a portion of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec sourced from vineyards in close proximity to Gimblett Road in the heart of Hawkes Bay.

Destemmed and crushed to fermenters. Inoculated with several strains of yeast and fermented at 30ºC. Post fermentation pressed to partially new oak barrels for 18 months maturation. Blended, egg white fined and filtered to bottle.

Winemaker's Comments

Deeply coloured, displaying aromas of berry fruits, violets and dried herbs with complexing oak spice characters. A smooth and approachable palate follows with supple tannins and more-ish acidity.

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