Our icon wine Ngakirikiri is a presentation of the very best of Villa Maria’s holdings in the Gimblett Gravels appellation. Produced in only the most exceptional vintages with painstaking attention to detail, it is a highly aspirational project and arguably the most comprehensive and focused wine Villa Maria has ever produced.
‘Ngakirikiri’ in Māori, refers to the unique gravel soils that define the Hawkes Bay, Gimblett Gravels growing appellation, a befitting name for this stony Hawkes Bay vineyard sited on what was an ancient riverbed. The Gimblett Gravels sub-region is a majestic site with a reputation for beautiful and thought-provoking wines.
$150.00 per bottle. Sold in packs of 6
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Upon pouring, this deep purple coloured wine gradually yields notably intense and pure aromatics of cassis, black plum and anise, with ground coffee bean, graphite, fragrant thyme and cedar nuances also vying for attention. Layers of concentrated flavours emerge and flow beautifully across the palate from start to finish, with optimally ripe fruit, fine-grained tannins and supportive oak enhancing overall texture and richness at each point along the way. This full-bodied wine will
benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next 15-20 years.
Nick Picone, Chief Winemaker
See the full tasting notes here.
“This is our Icon, a wine with poise and presence; it represents the pinnacle of our winemaking achievements”Sir George Fistonich
Scores and Reviews
“Superbly concentrated and weighted, delivering exceptional depth and richness, while remaining perfectly balanced and structured.”
“Powerful, complex, varietal and intensely perfumed.”
Cameron Douglas MS
“Powerful red - an icon in the making.”
Bob Campbell MW
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How do you benchmark your Icon wine amongst the best in the word? Invite seven of New Zealand’s best-known wine critics to a blind tasting session with a lineup of impressive world-renown wines. That’s exactly what the team at Villa Maria did to showcase their Icon wine, Ngakirikiri Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 as having a place amongst the world’s great Cabernet Sauvignons.