Champion Merlot Dominant Hawke's Bay Wine Awards

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This deeply coloured wine displays perfumed aromas of dark berry fruits, violets and dried herbs with complexing oak spice characters. A smooth and approachable palate follows with sweet fruit, supple tannins and moreish acidity. Serving Suggestions Merlot-Cabernet blends are particularly good when paired with robust, fullflavoured dishes, red meat and cheeses. Drink now or hold for up to 5-8 years when the wine will develop further complexity.

 2019 was an exceptional Hawkes Bay vintage, particularly for reds. Moderate yields combined with warmer than average temperatures and dry conditions encouraged fruit to achieve optimum ripeness and maintain excellent condition through to harvest. The fruit from this wine comes from a range of Villa Maria Hawkes Bay vineyards, where free draining alluvial soils temper vine vigour, resulting in low yields of ripe and concentrated fruit. Post fermentation the parcels were pressed to oak barriques, 15% new, for 12 months maturation.  77% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cab Franc, 2% Malbec

(VMW00005)

Country:

New Zealand

Region:

Hawkes Bay

Variety:

Cab Franc 6% Cab Sav 15%  

Malbec 2%  Merlot 77%

Style:

Medium-bodied reds

Winemaker:

Nick Picone

Closure:

Screwcap

ABV:

13.5%

Bottle size:

750ml

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Food Match:

Robust meat dishes and strong cheeses

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