Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2010

Cabernet Sauvignon from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 24-Mar-2012
70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot from 82% ‘Twyford' and 18% ‘Omahu' sites in the Gimblett Gravels, the fruit hand-picked and fermented to 14.0% alc. The Cabernet Sauvignon spent 6 weeks on skins, the Merlot 3-4 weeks. The wine was aged 18 months in 65% new French oak barrels. Very full, dense and impenetrable black-red colour, saturated, with purple on edge. This has a concentrated, ripe nose of black berry and blackcurrant fruit aromas expressed with great clarity and depth, still tightly bound. Layers of liquorice, plums and oak spice emerge in glass. Full-bodied, the palate is extremely concentrated with black berry fruit flavours, showing great drive and line, supported by significant extraction, the tannins firm and very fine-grained. The inherent acidity provides energy and drive through the palate. Layers of black plums and cedary oak unfold, and carry through to a long sweet, cassis-like finish. This is a tightly bound, concentrated and refined Bordeaux-varietal wine that will develop complexity, and match rich lamb and beef dishes and hard cheeses over the next 10-15+ years. 19.0+/20 Mar 2012 RRP $49.95

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