If you love Merlot and are prepared to splash the cash – boy are you in for a ride!
Ok, deep breath because here come the swag of top awards this extremely class Villa Maria Reserve Merlot has taken out (so far)…
Trophy Champion Merlot (NZ Int’l Wine Show)
Trophy Champion Merlot (Six Nations Wine Challenge)
Gold medal (Six Nations Wine Challenge)
Gold medal (NZ Int’l Bay Wine Show)
Gold medal (NZ Wine of the Year Awards)
5 Stars (Michael Cooper MW)
95/100 (Bob Campbell MW)
From a top ’16 vintage in Hawke’s Bay they’ve used the best parcels of fruit from their Bridge Pa Triangle vineyards – banging out the high class Merlot we expect from Villa’s Reserve label.
Here’s a snippet of what the pundits have had to say about it…
“Excellent depth of very ripe, plummy, spicy flavours,” (Michael Cooper MW)
“This is a serious red that has a firm structure and will respond to bottle age, but is certainly approachable now” (Bob Campbell MW)
It’s got potential to go for 7-8 years from vintage so make sure you drink some now, cellar some for later.