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Villa Maria Ngakirikiri Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013

97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot sourced from the renowned Gimblett Gravels region of Hawkes Bay.

From the once-in-a-lifetime Hawkes Bay vintage of 2013, this flagship wine represents the pinnacle of Villa Maria's winemaking achievements and marks a milestone in their 54 years of history. This exclusive age-worthy red wine featuring Bordeaux varietals sets a new benchmark for quality and is positioned at the top of Villa Maria's portfolio, only to be bottled during exceptional vintages producing truly outstanding wines.

Winemaker's Comments 

Deep ruby coloured displaying intense and pure aromatics of cassis, red and black plum and floral violet scents, with fresh ground coffee bean, fragrant dried thyme and cedar spice nuances also vying for attention. Layers of concentrated flavours flow beautifully across the palate with optimally ripe fruit, fine-grained tannins and supportive oak enhancing overall texture and richness at each point along the way.

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    Bob Campbell MW Tasting Comments:
    "Ngakirikiri means 'the gravels'. This is a new flagship label that in my view justifies its exalted price tag. It’s quite an extraordinary wine with dense berry, savoury/earth and spicy oak flavours. Long and linear it has power and structure but the tannins are surprisingly soft and pliable. The wine really opened up as it sat in the glass revealing interesting coffee, malt/peat and toasty characters together with a suggestion of violet. Definitely worth decanting. Collectable and age-worthy red."