Villa Maria

Villa Maria Organic Merlot Hawke's Bay 2013 13.5%
Lots and rich and black plum and black cherry fruit aromas, medium+ (ish) oak suggestions; fresh and quite intense; on the palate - fruity and dry with moderate+ intensity and soft layers from gentle fruit handling; medium tannins add a lovely texture and length. Lovely balance and finish.
4 Stars

Villa Maria Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Cellar Selection 12.5%
Lots of bold and expressive red fruits - from dark plums to blackberry then suggestions of milk chocolate and marmite; a toasty note reveals the oak; medium complexity - bold and giving. On the palate - dry, fruity and flavorful with dark cherry, black fruits and little chocolate; lovely balance and finish with moderate oak adding complexity and finish. In the drink now style with or without food. Medium tannins and medium length. Smart buying.
3.5 Stars

Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Gimblett Gravels 2012 13%
Big and bold with black and dark cherry red fruits; the Cabernet makes its mark with its black fruit and vegetal attributes of blackberry and baked bell-pepper; youthful with very fresh fruit suggestions. On the palate - dry, medium+ to full-bodied and flavorful with black cherry pie and blackberry flavors; medium+ oak; medium+ tannins and acidity; a core of fruit; a well made wine with both longevity and food friendly attributes; reliable and bold.
4.5 Stars