Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Wine Review

Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Community Score: 4.4/5
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Product #: 310300


 
Price: $16.95
Alcohol: 12.5%
Drink: 2013-2018
Sweetness: Extra Dry
Bottle size: 750 ml
Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Villa Maria
Agent: Philippe Dandurand Wines Ltd.
More Vintages: 2011  Add New Vintage 
June 18, March 5, February 26 and September 11.

 
Natalie's Score: 89/100

The Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand tends to be warmer than Marlborough (especially the nights are not as cool), thus it's better known for later ripening grapes such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Villa Maria demonstrates this amply in the glass with a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet grapes. A special area known as Gimlet Gravels provides most of the fruit for this wine and yet it's only 800 hectares in total, with old soils of fractured rock that are free draining which means the vines suffer as they should to produce great wine for you. In fact, you can go down 20 to 30 feet here and still find gravel as this was an old river bed that became exposed in the 1880s after an earthquake. This wine is amazing in that it delivers far more heft, weight and dark fruit flavour than you'd expect from just 12.5% alcohol. Yay!

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