While approachable in its youth, this wine has an understated finesse and beauty that will benefit from careful cellaring.
Winery: Villa Maria
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Region: Hawke’s Bay
Food pairing: Beef, Pasta, Veal, Poultry
TASTING NOTES: This densely coloured wine shows lovely aromatics with layers of red and black plum, mingling with cassis, smoky roast coffee bean, dried thyme and complex cedary spice nuances. The palate is soft yet concentrated, with wonderfully fine-grained tannins and integrated oak. While approachable in its youth, this wine will benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next 10-15 years.
VINEYARDS & WINEMAKING: The fruit for this wine was grown entirely on the gravelly soils of the Gimblett Gravels growing region in Hawkes Bay. Our different vineyards contribute small parcels of exceptional fruit, each with their own unique characteristics. The free draining soils of these sites help ensure balanced fruit and canopy growth which is essential for ripe flavours and tannin development. Yields are cropped low allowing vines to produce fruit that is richly concentrated in colour, flavour and structure.