Villa Maria Ngakirikiri Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 750ml


Villa Maria Ngakirikiri Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 750ml

98 POINTS - Bob Campbell, Winewriter
100 POINTS - Sam Kim, Winewriter
20 out of 20 - Raymond Chan, Winewriter

‘Ngakirikiri’ in Māori, refers to the unique gravel soils that define the Hawkes Bay, Gimblett Gravels growing appellation, a befitting name for this stony Hawkes Bay vineyard sited on what was an ancient riverbed. The Gimblett Gravels sub-region is a majestic site with a reputation for beautiful and thought-provoking wines.

Upon pouring, this deep ruby coloured wine yields notably intense and pure aromatics of cassis, complex wood spices and floral violet scents, with fragrant dried thyme, graphite and clove nuances also vying for attention.

Layers of concentrated flavours are revealed across a medium to full bodied frame, with optimally ripe fruit and hints of black olive and cigar, all wrapped by fine-grained tannins and supportive oak, enhancing texture and richness from start to finish. This age-worthy and age-worthy wine will benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next 15-20 years.

Alc: 13.8%

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