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25 Years in the Making, Villa Maria Proudly Presents: Ngakirikiri 

Ngakirikiri is Māori for The Gravels, a befitting name for a distinctive wine grown in the stony Hawkes Bay vineyards of the Gimblett Gravels.

 



over 25 years ago, a very special ceremony was held at the Ngakirikiri Vineyard in which the site was blessed by Māori elders. After the blessing, Sir George Fistonich planted vines on the century-old riverbed, long considered to be a majestic site with a reputation for astonishing and thought provoking wines.

More than two decades later, in what would be considered one of the greatest red wine vintages ever to come out of Hawke’s Bay, Villa Maria proudly presents Ngakirikiri. This 2013 vintage is an exclusive wine featuring Bordeaux varietals (predominantly Cabernet-Sauvignon) that encapsulates Villa Maria’s 55 years of winemaking achievements.

“The passionate pursuit of quality, superior vineyard selection and impeccably timed grape-harvesting has allowed us to create this sophisticated, complex and rare wine,” says Sir George Fistonich.

This icon wine sets a new benchmark for quality and will be positioned at the top of Villa Maria’s portfolio, only to be bottled when exceptional vintages produce truly outstanding wines for consideration.

“We’ve taken extraordinary care in every detail of this beautiful and rare wine. From waiting until just the right moment to pick the fruit to the intricate care in handling of the grapes and resulting wine; from the distinctive label design to the deluxe packaging, we’ve made certain that every aspect of this wine exhibits the special attention that we took in creating it,” remarks Nick Picone, Group Chief Winemaker. “Ngakirikiri is truly one of the greats – a full bodied age worthy wine that will be approachable on release but will gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next 20+ years.”

Villa Maria 2013 Ngakirikiri Cabernet Sauvignon, Hawke’s Bay ($150) is available online or direct from our Cellar Door at 118 Montgomerie Rd, Mangere, Auckland 2022, New Zealand.

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