The fruit for this wine was grown entirely on the gravely soils of the Gimblett Gravels growing region in Hawkes Bay. This unique area is recognised for producing consistently deep coloured and full flavoured Merlot wines. Our different vineyards contribute small parcels of exceptional fruit, each with their own unique characteristics. The free draining soils of these sites help ensure balanced fruit and canopy growth which is essential for ripe flavours and tannin development. Yields are cropped low allowing vines to produce fruit that is richly concentrated in colour, flavour and structure.
This wine is a blend of the finest Merlot parcels from Villa Maria vineyards planted in the Gimblett Gravels. Deeply coloured, the nose displays fragrant red plum, berry fruit and violet aromas enhanced by subtle oak. Blending with a small percentage of Malbec has introduced complexing spice and blackberry fruit notes. An elegant wine which will mature gracefully, gaining further complexity with careful cellaring.