We are very proud to present the first vintage of "Ngakirikiri" (the gravels). From the 'once in a lifetime' Hawkes Bay Vintage of 2013, this flagship wine represents the pinnacle of our winemaking achievements and marks a milestone in Villa Maria's 58 years of history. This exclusive age-worthy red wine featuring Bordeaux varietals sets a new benchmark for quality and is positioned at the top of Villa Maria's portfolio, only to be bottled when exceptional vintages produce truly outstanding wines for consideration.
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Upon pouring, this deep ruby coloured wine yields notably intense and pure aromatics of cassis, red and black plum and floral violet scents, with fresh ground coffee bean, fragrant dried thyme and cedar spice 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 age-worthy and age-worthy wine will benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next 15-20 years.
Download full tasting notes: 2013
Vineyards and Winemaking
2013 in Hawkes Bay will go down as one of the regions greatest red wine vintages.
The region was officially declared in drought by February and summer extended well into March with clear blue skies prevailing from the start of harvest to the finish.
Cooler nights moderated warm daytime temperatures and allowed for steady sugar and flavour accumulation across vineyards.
2013 Growing degree days (GDD) units for the season were 1407, and average rainfall for the months January through March was just 21mm, which was 25% of the long-term average.
100 POINTS. Is this perfection? No, it’s better than that, if that’s possible! ...this stunning wine (is) thought-provoking and sensually awe-inspiring.SAM KIM - Winewriter