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VillaMaria Reserve HawkesBay Gimblett CabSauvMerlot 2013


Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 1.5L Magnum 2013

From one of Hawkes Bay's finest ever vintages, this 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has lovely aromatics with a soft yet concentrated palate. Beautifully focused, this wine has developed incredibly over the last 7 years.

Champion Cabernet –Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2017
Double Trophy – Hawkes Bay A&P BayleysWine Awards 2015

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Tasting Notes

This densely coloured wine shows lovely aromatics with layers of red and black plum and cassis, mingling with smoky roast coffee bean, dried thyme and complex cedary spice nuances. The palate is soft yet concentrated, beautifully focused with wonderfully fine-grained tannins and integrated oak. 

Download full tasting note: 2013

Vineyards and Winemaking

Vineyards: 88% Twyford/Vidal, 12% Omahu Gravels
Vineyard Yield: 5.5T/Ha
Vintage Detail: 2013 in Hawkes Bay will go down as one of the regions greatest vintages, particularly for red wines. 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. Picking decisions based solely on flavour was a much-welcomed reward for growers and winemakers.

Destemmed: 100%
Crushed: 100%
Cap Management: Plunging 4 x daily.
Time on Skins: 4 -6 weeks for Cabernet Sauvignon, 3 -4 weeks for Merlot. Fermentation Vessel: Open-top stainless steel fermenters.
Fermentation Temperature: 30 -32°C at peak.
Malolactic Fermentation: Conducted in barrel.
Barrel Type: 100% French oak (3 year dried fine grain M+), 30% new
Maturation: 18 months with three ‘rack and returns’ in total.
Fining: Egg whites at last racking and pre-filtration.
Filtration: Non-sterile ‘rock stopper’ Bell-house filtration to bottle.
Bottled: 16th October 2014.

Soils And Viticulture

The fruit for this wine was grown entirely on the gravelly soils of the Gimblett Gravels growing region in Hawkes Bay. Our different vineyards contribute small parcels of exceptional fruit, each with their own unique characteristics. The free draining soils of these sites help ensure balanced fruit and canopy growth which is essential for ripe flavours and tannin development. Yields are cropped low allowing vines to produce fruit that is richly concentrated in colour, flavour and structure.

96 points. Intense, ripe cabernet sauvignon-dominant blend with cedar, cassis, black olive, sweet herb and spicy oak flavours. Clearly built to last but still able to be appreciated now. An heroic red that successfully matches a firm structure with an underlying core of fruit sweetness.

Bob Campbell MW

Hawkes Bay

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