Villa Maria Ngakirikiri Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 750ml
We are very proud to present the first vintage of "Ngakirikiri" (the gravels). This flagship wine represents the pinnacle of our winemaking achievements and marks a milestone in Villa Maria's 54 years of history. This exclusive age worthy red wine featuring Bordeaux varietals, sets a new benchmark for quality and is positioned at the top of Villa Maria's portfolio, only to be bottled when exceptional vintages produce truely outstanding wines for consideration.
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 full bodied and age worthy wine will benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next 15-20 years.
TECHNICAL Varieties: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot Location of vines: Gimblett Gravels Planting density vines / ha: 3472 Average vine age: Planted 1992-1995 Cropping rate: 4.2T/Ha Fruit handling: 100% destemmed and crushed Days cu vaison: 35-42 days Cap management: Plunging Total months elevation in barrique: 18 months Type and % new barriques: 52% New French Residual sugar in g/L: 0.44gL Dry extract in g/L: 31.5gL p H: 3.63 TA: 6.3gL
Alcohol: 13.8% Filtration: Coarse only
Cases (of 6) produced: 1000