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Villa Maria - Ngakirikiri The Gravels 2013

Red Wine from Hawke's Bay · New Zealand
£90.00 £60.00
Case Rate: £60.00
Ex Tax: £50.00
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Wine Region: Hawke's Bay
Wine Area: Gimblett Gravels
Wine Maker: Alastair Maling & George Geris
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Now - 2036
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92 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Country:
Wine Region: Hawke's Bay
Wine Area: Gimblett Gravels
Wine Maker: Alastair Maling & George Geris
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Now - 2036

Description

Our icon wine Ngakirikiri is a presentation of the very best of Villa Maria’s holdings in the Gimblett Gravels appellation. Produced in only the most exceptional vintages with painstaking attention to detail, it is a highly aspirational project and arguably the most comprehensive and focused wine Villa Maria has ever produced.
 
‘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.

Wine tasting notes

Upon pouring, this deep ruby coloured wine yields notably intense and pure aromatics of cassis, red and black plum and floral violet scents, with fresh ground coffee bean, fragrant dried thyme and cedar spice nuances also vying for attention. Layers of concentrated flavours emerge and flow beautifully across the palate from start to finish, with optimally ripe fruit, fine-grained tannins and supportive oak enhancing overall texture and richness at each point along the way. This age-worthy and age-worthy wine will benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next 15-20 years.

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 the cutting edge of quality winegrowing.

Villa Maria produces New Zealand

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013) - 92 pts

A blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot, the 2013 Ngakirikiri Cabernet Sauvignon (the first release of this new label) has a deep garnet-purple color, with intense cassis, blueberry and blackberry aromas over notes of pencil shavings, cloves, lavender and dried herbs. Medium-bodied, the taut, elegant palate has good ripe tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with lovely poise.


James Suckling (2013) - 94 pts

This has Villa Maria's trademark showroom finish. It's a flawless cabernet that delivers a vibrant cassis and redcurrant nose with violet-like perfumes and creamy, spicy oak. The palate's elegantly stated and has attractive roundness to it that makes it approachable, enveloping and handsomely balanced. This sits comfortably alongside the world's best cabernet wines. Drink now to 2025+.

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Vinification notes

2013 in Hawkes Bay will go down as one of the regions greatest red wine vintages. 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. 2013 Growing degree days (GDD) units for the season were 1407, and average rainfall for the months January through March was just 21mm, which was 25% of the long-term average.