Villa Maria Reserve Merlot 14%, 750ml
The fruit for this wine was grown entirely on the gravelly soils of the Gimblett Gravels growing region in Hawkes Bay.
This unique area is recognised for producing consistently high coloured and full flavoured Merlot wines. The Villa Maria vineyards, Omahu Gravels and Ngakirikiri, contributed parcels of fruit, each with their own unique characteristics.
The free draining soils of these vineyards help ensure balanced fruit and canopy growth ideal for ripe fruit flavour and tannin development. Yields are cropped low allowing vines to produce fruit that is richly concentrated in colour, flavour and structure.
- From a fantastic Hawkes Bay vintage characterised by dry, warm days with abundant sunshine hours, the 2007 Reserve Merlot displays a dense nose featuring red and black plums, blackberry and floral violet aromas.
- Careful blending with a small percentage of Malbec has introduced complex black liquorice and spice notes.
- The palate unfolds layers of structured tannin, dark fruits and creamy supportive oak.
- Anticipated maturity for this wine is 2010-2020 (June 2009).