Wine Of The Week

Villa Maria 2013 Ngakirikiri Cabernet Sauvignon, Hawke’s Bay $130

Ngakirikiri means “the gravels”. This is a new flagship label that in my view justifies its exalted price tag. It’s quite an extraordinary wine with dense berry, savoury/earth and spicy oak flavours. Long and linear it has power and structure but the tannins are surprisingly soft and pliable. The wine really opened up as it sat in the glass revealing interesting coffee, malt/peat and toasty characters together with a suggestion of violet. Definitely worth decanting. collectible and age worthy red. (Screwcap) Score: 98 ★★★★★ – view on

Alcohol: 14%

Ageing: now-2028

Food match: Hawke’s Bay lamb, miso, coffee, cocao nib, butternut

Stockists: Villa Maria Wines, Auckland (to be released shortly)

Winery Rating: 96.1 Weighted average of their top 5 recently tasted wines

Price Rating Map & Vintage Chart: How does this wine fit into the winery’s range?

Villa Maria Ngakirikiri Cab Sav 2013

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