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Red Wines

Wine TierSingle Vineyard
Vineyard'Braided Gravels'

A densely coloured wine, perfumed with aromatics of black plum and fruitcake, mingling with roasted coffee bean and complex herb nuances

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This wine is made from vineyard parcels from Villa Maria’s Joseph Soler vineyard in Hawkes Bay which has operated on organic principles since 2001. Joseph Soler has 21 hectares now certified by BioGro New Zealand. The vineyard is planted directly on the boundary of the Gimblett Gravels wine growing region, and comprises of gravelly free draining soils which are ideal for the production of premium red wines. Rather than relying on herbicides or pesticides, this vineyard utilises organic products and seaweeds to prevent pests and promote growth. Yields are cropped low allowing vines to produce fruit that is richly concentrated in colour, flavour and structure.

Winemaker comment

The Braided Gravels Merlot is a densely coloured wine, perfumed with aromatics of black plum and fruitcake, mingling with roasted coffee bean and complex herb nuances. The palate is full bodied and concentrated, with fine- grained tannins enhanced by integrated oak. This wine will benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next decade.​

Awards and Accolades

Gold – Hawkes Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards 2016
Double Gold – Six Nations Wine Challenge 2016
Champion New Zealand Bordeaux Red Wine – NZ International Wine Show 2016
Champion Merlot Predominant Blends Trophy – NZ International Wine Show 2016
Gold – NZ International Wine Show 2016
Gold – Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2016
Trophy & Gold – Hawkes A&P Bayleys Wine Awards 2015
Gold – Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2015 (NZ)
Gold – New Zealand Organic Wine Awards 2015
Gold – New Zealand International Wine Show 2015
5 Stars – Winestate Magazine (NZ)
5 Stars – Cuisine Magazine
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Braided Gravels Merlot Organic A densely coloured wine, perfumed with aromatics of black plum and fruitcake, mingling with roasted coffee bean and complex herb nuances 59.99