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VillaMaria Reserve HawkesBay Gimblett Merlot 2015


Gimblett Gravels Merlot Magnum 1.5L

From one of Hawkes Bay's finest vintages, this 2013 Gimblett Gravels Merlot reveals perfumed aromatics of black plum and floral violet notes. Fine-grained tannins are enhanced with integrated oak. This wine has aged superbly.

Gold –Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2017
Gold –New Zealand International Wine Show 2015

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Tasting Notes

The 2013 Reserve Merlot reveals perfumed aromatics with layers of red and black plum and floral violet notes, mingling with roasted coffee bean and complex herb nuances. The palate is firmly structured in its youth with fine-grained tannins enhanced by integrated oak. This wine will certainly benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next decade.

Download full tasting note: 2013

Vineyards and Winemaking

Vineyards: 51% Twyford, 49% Omahu Gravels
Vineyard Yield: 6T/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: 3 -4 weeks
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+), 37% new
Maturation: 18 months with three ‘rack and returns’ in total
Fining: Egg whites pre-filtration
Filtration: Coarse Bell-house filtration to bottling.
Bottled: 15th 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.

95 points. Merlot was one of the stars of Hawke's Bay's excellent 2013 vintage as this wine clearly demonstrates. This is a serious red with structure and cellaring potential, although it can be fully appreciated now. Plum, berry, spice with generous oak influence.

Bob Campbell MW

Hawkes Bay

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