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Villa Maria Ngakirikiri Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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"‘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. Layers of concentrated flavours are revealed across a medium to full bodied frame, with optimally ripe fruit and hints of black olive and cigar, all wrapped by fine-grained tannins and supportive oak, enhancing texture and richness from start to finish. This age-worthy and age-worthy wine will benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next 15-20 years." - Winemaker Notes 

"Dark purple hues with an opaque appearance leading to aromas of concentration, power and finesse. Immediately captivating with scents of dark berries and brooding complexity. Iron and blackberry, crushed violets and spicy skinned plums. Toasty barrel scents suggest clove and baked vanilla pod, smoke and sweet wood moments. Compact, taut and delicious on the palate with flavours of dark berries and barrel spices, violets, stony soils and a savoury spice and tobacco edge. There’s a satin polish to the tannins, an abundance of acidity and additional flavours of bell-pepper and toasty baked goods. Lengthy, complex and very appealing. A wine that showcases everything that is exciting about Hawkes Bay." - 97 Points, Decanter 

"Inky cabernet sauvignon with ripe cassis, black berry, cedar, blackcurrant bud and new leather flavours. A tight, youthful wine with a very promising future that is not as expressive as the 2014 vintage but shows plenty of promise." - 96 Points, Decanter 

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