"Beautifully aged for 13 years, this Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful and intense with aromas of ripe black currant mingled with cedar and cigar box." - Nick Picone, Chief Winemaker.
Please note this wine comes in a magnum format (1.5L).
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This wine shows a deep, dark red hue in the glass. Intense and complex
aromas of ripe black currants, roasted coffee bean, dried sage and
graphite mingle with cedar and cigar box. The powerful, textured palate is concentrated, rich and full-bodied highlighting the character of the vintage. Ripe, fine-grained tannins build toward the end, the wine finishes with length and finesse.
Download full tasting notes: 2007
Vineyards and Winemaking
VINEYARDS: 78% Ngakirikiri, 22% Lyons
VINEYARD YIELD: 5T/Ha
2007 was a warm, long and dry season. Nestled in the heart of the Gimblett Gravels, our Ngakirikiri and Lyons vineyards provided exceptional quality fruit from this stunning Hawke's Bay vintage.
FERMENTATION: Hand plunged 4 times daily
FERM. VESSEL: Open top stainless steel fermenter
NEW BARREL: 48%
BARREL TYPE: 3yr seasoned tight grain French 225L barriques
MATURATION: 18 months
MALOLACTIC: Completed in barrel
FINING: Egg whites
FILTRATION: Minimal filtration
BOTTLED: 15 April 2009
Soils And Viticulture
The Gimblett Gravels vineyards of Villa Maria have consistently produced
quality fruit for our Reserve blends for over a decade. The free-draining
gravelly soils and the warm temperatures of this special area naturally
encourage low yields. Low crop levels with shoots numbering 20-25 per vine ensure the resulting fruit are deeply coloured, richly flavoured and displays ripe tannins.
19.5/20. Very dark, deep ruby-red with garnet hues. The bouquet is very deep and densely concentrated with a core of blackcurrant fruit with complexing savoury secondary detail. This is a rich wine, but a powerhouse with great concentration, depth and linearity. Blackcurrants, cassis, secondary earthy notes, iron-earth and minerals form a densely packed core. Very fine-grained but firm tannins and fresh acidity will ensure a long life. Another decade ahead for this.Raymond Chan