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Villa Maria Ngakirikiri The Gravels 2014

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Description & Technical Information
Still 100% New Zealand and family owned, Villa Maria Estate has gone from strength to strength over the last 50 years and is now distributed worldwide. Dedication to quality remains unwavering and as a result, Villa Maria Estate has claimed the title of New Zealand’s Most Awarded Winery for over forty consecutive years.

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.

Vineyards & Winemaking: Hawkes Bay with it’s coastal location and proximity to mountains typically experiences a dry, maritime climate with an influential diurnal temperature range. Gimblett Gravels is located approx. 15km inland and experiences temperatures typically warmer than its neighbouring localities, promoting a consistent level of ripeness to be achieved by low yielding vines planted in free draining soils. This wine from 2014 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from one block in the ‘Vidal’ vineyard, different to the 2013 wine, which was a blend of several blocks.

Ngakirikiri’ in Maori refers to the unique soils that define the Gimblett Gravels growing appellation, uniquely situated on the former Ngaruroro riverbed which was left exposed following a historically significant flood event which permanently changed the rivers course in 1867. The first vines were planted in these arid soils in the 1980’s and this small area of 800 hectares has since become New Zealand’s epicentre for premium full bodied red wine production with a reputation for beautifully balanced, thought-provoking wines. Ngakirikiri is only made when great vintages produce truly outstanding wines for consideration.

Weather in 2014: Another great summer in Hawkes Bay meant bountiful produce. The season started with a mild spring with a lack of frosty nights, an excellent start to the season with ideal green leaf canopies. On the back of 2013’s good season, vines carried more bunches and the spring saw these set well. In 2014 further thinning was required to bring the yields back into balance. The warm dry weather meant an early season and fruit condition remained clean and botrytis free. Great weather allowed the red varieties to ripen with the intense flavours we look for. Merlot yielded well and Malbec was a late starter with fantastic flavours as the fruit ripened. Syrah was harvested behind Merlot and Malbec and looks to be a standout vintage. For Cabernet Sauvignon the warm season and balanced yields worked in Villa Maria’s favour.

Technical Information:
Grape: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon | Single Vineyard
Region: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Sub Region: Gimblett Gravels
Vineyard: Vidal
Alcohol: 13.8 %
Production: 2,400 Bottles
Drink: Now to 2050

Tasting Note: Immediately captivating with aromas of dark berries and brooding complexity. On the palate - youthful, varietal, compact, taut and delicious. Firm tannins have a satin polish to them, an abundance of acidity. Lengthy finish, complex and very appealing. - Tasted by Cameron Douglas MS
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Expert Reviews
Sam Kim
“Superbly concentrated and weighted, delivering exceptional depth and richness, while remaining perfectly balanced and structured.”
Cameron Douglas MS
“Immediately captivating with aromas of dark berries and brooding complexity. On the palate - youthful, varietal, compact, taut and delicious. Firm tannins have a satin polish to them, an abundance of acidity. Lengthy finish, complex and very appealing.”
Rebecca Gibb MW
“Following the vintage of a lifetime in 2013, along came another vintage of a lifetime: Hawke's Bay was starting to sound like Bordeaux. In 2014, it was slightly cooler but the conditions allowed Villa Maria to make its new flagship wine two years in a row. This displays a wonderful, silken texture; there's a sense of effortlessness as it glides quietly through your mouth. When it comes to aromas and flavors, expect classic but sweetly ripe Cabernet cassis and green capsicum with integrated oak-derived cedar notes adding complexity. Yields are tiny, reflected in the density within the elegant core. There's an abundance of resolved Cabernet tannins providing the frame for the delicate fruit. If you are lucky/wealthy enough to have a bottle of this and you were thinking about opening it soon, please don't: it is still an infant. It's a prodigious child but I'm sure it will be more satisfying in adulthood.”
Joe Czerwinski
“The impressive 2014 Ngakirikiri is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Pencil shavings frame notes of cassis liqueur in this medium to full-bodied wine that manages to be rich and creamy yet firmly structured and intense. It's downright embryonic at this stage, with layers of primary fruit, elegant French oak and a swirl of dusty tannins on the lingering finish. This luxury cuvée sets a new standard of excellence for Villa Maria.”
James Suckling
“Dark cherries and cassis, chocolate, graphite and roasting herbs abound on the nose. This has such striking intensity and depth to the palate with dark-chocolate and black-cherry flavors, as well as dark-plum paste and a spicy thread, too.The length is impressive here. Great balance and drive.”
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