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VillaMaria CS GimblettGravels Grenache NV

Cellar Selection

Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Grenache

Grenache is exceptionally rare in New Zealand. These grapes were sourced from our Ngakirikiri Vineyard in the renowned Gimblett Gravels subregion of Hawkes Bay.


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Tasting Notes

Grenache is exceptionally rare in New Zealand. This vintage came after one of the warmest Hawkes Bay summers on record, conditions perfect for producing a perfumed and concentrated Grenache, overflowing with exotic cherry, spice, and violet characters. Supple tannins ensure the wine may be enjoyed upon release but will develop further complexity with careful cellaring.

Download full tasting notes: 2018, 2017

Food Pairing

Excellent with poultry, pork, red meat or Mediterranean inspired foods.

Vineyards and Winemaking

After handpicking and gentle destemming, 36% was handled in a unique manner with fermentation and ageing in large format rotatable oak cuves with prolonged skin contact for several months, with the balance matured in French barriques (18% new overall). The wine was blended with a small
inclusion of 7% Syrah, coarse filtered and bottled 11 months after vintage.

Soils And Viticulture

The fruit for this special wine comes from a small one-hectare planting in our Ngakirikiri Vineyard located in the heart of the Gimblett road winegrowing area in Hawkes Bay.

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