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VillaMaria CellarSelection HawkesBay MerlotCabSauv 2016

Cellar Selection

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.


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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: 2017

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 2017 Hawkes Bay vintage was a season of two halves with very warm dry conditions prevailing for the majority of summer, including the driest recorded January in over 50+ years. Harvest commenced in early March but would come under intense weather pressure from there on and the focus became pushing ripening as far as possible without losing fruit condition.

FRUIT HANDLING: Destemmed and crushed to fermenters. Inoculated with several strains of yeast and fermented at 30 degrees C. Post fermentation the wine was pressed to oak barrel, 15% new, for 12 months maturation. Blended, egg white fined and filtered to bottle.

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