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Villa Maria CS Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

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Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon

By augmenting the structure & finesse of Cabernet Sauvignon with the vibrant fruit of Merlot, winemakers are creating elegant yet powerfully intense, red wine blends. The fruit for this dark & deeply fragrant wine is sourced from Hawkes Bay, a region renowned for producing exceptionally elegant Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tasting Notes

This deeply coloured wine displays perfumed aromas of dark berry fruits, violets and dried herbs, with complexing oak spice characters. A smooth and approachable palate follows with sweet fruit, supple tannins and moreish acidity.

Download full tasting notes: 2019

Food Pairing

Merlot-Cabernet blends are particularly good when paired with robust, full flavoured dishes, red meat and cheeses. Drink now or hold for up to 5-8 years when the wine will develop further complexity.

Vineyards and Winemaking

The 2018 Hawkes Bay vintage followed on from officially one of the warmest summers on record, which gave red varietals in particular superb conditions for ripening. The white harvest commenced early in March with pressure from rain, however, the majority of the later ripening reds were harvested in excellent condition under welcome blue skies. Once crushed to open-top fermenters the grapes were inoculated with several strains of yeast and fermented at 30 degrees C. Post-fermentation the parcels were pressed to oak barriques, 10% new, for 12 months maturation. The wine was blended, egg white fined and filtered to bottle.

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