Our icon wine Ngakirikiri is a presentation of the very best of Villa Maria’s holdings in the Gimblett Gravels appellation. Produced in only the most exceptional vintages with painstaking attention to detail, it is a highly aspirational project and arguably the most comprehensive and focused wine Villa Maria has ever produced.
‘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.
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Upon pouring, this deep ruby coloured wine yields notably intense and pure aromatics of cassis, red and black plum and floral violet scents, with fresh ground coffee bean, fragrant dried thyme and cedar spice nuances also vying for attention.
Layers of concentrated flavours emerge and flow beautifully across the palate from start to finish, with optimally ripe fruit, fine-grained tannins and supportive oak enhancing overall texture and richness at each point along the way. This age-worthy and age-worthy wine will benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next 15-20 years.
Vineyards and Winemaking
2013 in Hawkes Bay will go down as one of the regions greatest red wine vintages.
The region was officially declared in drought by February and summer extended well into March with clear blue skies prevailing from the start of harvest to the finish.
Cooler nights moderated warm daytime temperatures and allowed for steady sugar and flavour accumulation across vineyards.
2013 Growing degree days (GDD) units for the season were 1407, and average rainfall for the months January through March was just 21mm, which was 25% of the long-term average.
This is our Icon, a wine with poise and presence; it represents the pinnacle of our winemaking achievementsSIR GEORGE FISTONICH
“Superbly concentrated and weighted, delivering exceptional depth and richness, while remaining perfectly balanced and structured.”
“Powerful, complex, varietal and intensely perfumed.”
Cameron Douglas MS
“Powerful red - an icon in the making.”
Bob Campbell MW
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