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Reserve red
Lib Release Cab Sauv 2009

Library Release

Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon

"Aged in our cellars, this wine is a deep dark red hue in the glass and the lifted aromas centre around a core of ripe black fruits, liquorice, coffee bean and fragrant cedar spice. The palate texture is concentrated and layered, fine tannins beautifully wrapped with more dark berries, cocoa and perfectly integrated oak. Full-bodied and seamless, this wine builds in power right to the end, finishing long with exceptional balance and poise." - Nick Picone, Chief Winemaker.

$90.00

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Tasting Notes

Aged in our cellars, this wine is a deep dark red hue in the glass and the lifted aromas centre around a core of ripe black fruits, liquorice, coffee bean and fragrant cedar spice. The palate texture is concentrated and layered, fine tannins beautifully wrapped with more dark berries, cocoa and perfectly integrated oak. Full-bodied and seamless, this wine builds in power right to the end, finishing long with exceptional balance and poise.

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Vineyards and Winemaking

A long dry extended summer period in 2009 provided exceptional conditions to ripen our Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit from this block was picked in perfect condition at 1.8-2.0kg per vine or 6T/Hectare. The vineyard sits at the heart of the Gimblett Gravels District.

DESTEMMED/CRUSHED: 100%
FERMENTATION: Hand plunged 4 times daily
FERM. VESSEL: Open top stainless steel fermenter
NEW BARREL: 67%
BARREL TYPE: 3yr seasoned tight grain 225L French barriques
MATURATION: 18 months
MALOLACTIC: Completed in barrel
FINING: Egg whites
FILTRATION: Minimal filtration
BOTTLED: 9 April 2011

Soils And Viticulture

The Gimblett Gravels vineyards of Villa Maria have produced consistently
high-quality fruit for well over a decade. The free-draining gravel based soils and warm temperatures, naturally encourage low yields. Low crop levels with well-spaced shoots numbering 20-25 per vine, ensure the resulting fruit is deeply coloured, richly flavoured and displaying ripe tannins.

97 points. This is exceptional. From an outstanding Hawke's Bay vintage, this Gimblett Gravels wine displays cassis, dark plum, tobacco, cedar and cocoa characters on the nose. The palate is concentrated and impressively weighted, while remaining impeccably balanced and structured, offering loads of delectable flavours and silky texture. The wine delivers stunning fruit purity together with stylish oak undertones, brilliantly framed by fine, chalky tannins. Still much more to evolve. At its best: now to 2027.

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Region

Hawkes Bay

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