From the Cellar: Villa Maria Cellar Selection Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Hawkes Bay 2010 – $
This is one of my favourite New Zealand wines. It is reliable, interesting, flavoursome and great value. Amongst our best wines dollar-for-dollar. And I bought a bunch back in ’12 and have started to open them up…
Dark plum magenta. 13.5% alc.
Savoury dark fruit aromas. Vanilla and spice, pine boxwood, faded dark red roses.
Warm red fruits to taste. Soft, lots of vanillin, chocolate and licorice. Still fiery medium-grained tannins. Hot on the back palate. A long and smoky finish.
Enveloping, rewarding. A good entry-level red cellarable wine.