Villa Maria Cellar Selection Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

73% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Malbec sourced predominantly 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 34% 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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