Villa Maria / 2014/15 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot.

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Villa Maria / 2014/15 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

COUNTRY/REGION: New Zealand/Marlborough.

GRAPES: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.

ABV: 14%

WINEMAKER 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: 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. 

VINTAGE: The 2015 season was marginally cooler than average across the board but with a heat spike in March that surpassed the highly acclaimed 2013 and 2014 vintages. Mid-March and early April rainfall presented challenges to Winemakers and the focus became pushing ripening as far as possible without losing fruit condition. In these seasons the free draining gravel sites come to the fore. As is typical to Hawkes Bay, cooler nights moderated daytime temperatures and allowed for steady sugar and flavour accumulation across vineyards.

WINEMAKING: Fermentation happened in open-top stainless steel vessels at 30 degrees centigrade. The wine was then matured for 18 months in French oak.

TASTING NOTES: Warm and intense, a homage to its Gimblett Gravels home. Hand plunging and maceration maximise colour extraction, while 18 months ageing in French barriques round out the tannins and add complexity.

DELIVERY: All our wines are stored in our importers bonded warehouse’s, which have the optimum environment for fine wine storage, by carefully regulating temperature, humidity and other microclimatic factors.

As such, please allow between 7 and 10 days for your delivery to arrive.