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Villa Maria - Private Bin Merlot Cabernet 2018


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Hawke's Bay
  • Wine Maker: Alastair Maling & George Geris
  • Grape: Merlot Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2019
Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
WA: 87 (2010) JR: 15.5 (2013) WS: 85 (2011) WE: 87 (2009)

Wine tasting notes

This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon has fragrant aromas and flavours of cassis, red fruits and dried herbs. A rich mouthfeel balanced with supple tannins leads to a delicious smooth finish.

Winery Information

Villa Maria

It is not easy to tell your Dad that you are quitting a career in carpentry to try your hand at making wine. But in 1961, at the age of 21, that's exactly what Sir George Fistonich did. He leased five acres of land from his father, planted one acre with grapes and started making wine under the name 'Villa Maria' which he chose because his friends thought it sounded European. Since those first cuttings took hold in the soil out in Mangere, near Auckland, Sir George has been determined to be at.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2010)87 pts

Wine Advocate Issue #203. Oct 2012. Reviewer : Neal Martin. Composed of 76% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Malbec, the 2010 Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Merlot/ Cabernet Sauvignon was matured 18 months in French and American oak, 27% new. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it is scented of warm black plums, blackberry preserves and black cherries with touches of pencil lead, dusty earth and Indian spices. Medium bodied, it offers just enough black fruit concentration in the mouth supported by crisp acid and a medium to firm level of chewy tannins, finishing long. Drink it now to 2015+. (2013)15.5 pts

Light nose, palate much the same. Fine technical balance but the flavours are pretty plain. (RH)

Wine Spectator (2011)85 pts

The crisp currant and cherry flavors have an appealing fresh herbal note, hindered by a dense thicket of tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2018

Wine Enthusiast (2009)87 pts

A crisp, fruit-forward red to pair with a variety of dishes, Villa Maria’s 2009 Private Bin is a mouthwatering introduction to what looks to be a top-notch Hawke’s Bay vintage. Cherry fruit and subtle baking spices combine easily on the palate, ending on a slightly dusty note. — J.C. (9/1/2011)

Vinification Notes

Fruit was hand-harvested, destemmed and crushed into open-top fermenters. Fermentation was encouraged to peak at temperatures of 28°C - 33°C with hand plunging carried out four times daily. Some co-fermentation with the white grape Viognier was utilised to enhance the wine’s perfume and delicacy. After 30 days on skins the resulting wines were pressed off to oak barriques. Once malolactic fermentation was completed the wines were gently racked and then returned back to barrel for a further 18 months of maturation on light lees without further disturbance. Following individual parcel selection the wine was blended into tank, lightly egg-white fined and given a minimal coarse filtration to bottle.