Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Merlot 2016
“Red pepper, herbs and cherries. Juicy and extremely soft.“ – Eduardo Brethauer – Chilean Judge
“Earthy spice fruit. Plush. Sweet core. “– Christopher Waters – Canadian Judge
“Beef and soy. Sweet and fleshy, plums and cloves.” – Patrick Comiskey – American Judge
TROPHY – CLASS WINNER
“Rich, fleshy Merlot with good colour and impressive depth of ripe plum, cigar box and new leather flavours. This is a serious red that has a firm structure and will respond to bottle age but is certainly approachable now”. 95 points. BOB CAMPBELL MW
Vineyards and Winemaking
The fruit for this single vineyard wine was grown entirely from a young block planted in the free draining Bridge Pa ‘red-metal’ soils in Hawkes Bay. The free draining soils help ensure balanced fruit and canopy growth which coupled with attentive viticulture practices is essential for developing ripe flavours and tannin development in the fruit. Yields are managed low, allowing vines to produce fruit that is richly concentrated in colour, flavour and structure, ideal for the production of Villa Maria Reserve.