Wine Of The Week NZ

Villa-Maria-Braided-Gravels-Merlot-2013Villa Maria Braided Gravels Merlot 2013, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $59.99

An elegant merlot that’s more accessible than the more structured Reserve Merlot from the same year. Sweet dark berry flavours, with a subtle floral and spice influence and a sensitive seasoning of nutty oak. (Screwcap)

Score: 96 ★★★★★ – view on

Alcohol: 14%

Ageing: now to 2021

Food match: Hawke’s Bay lamb leg, gingered yoghurt & nuts

Stockists: Villa Maria Estate, Auckland & Marlborough cellar doors (NZ); Fine Wine Partners (AU distributor)

Ranked #2 of 32 2013 Merlot tasted from Hawke’s Bay

Price Benchmark: NZD $54.49 Avg 96pt 2013 Merlot tasted from New Zealand

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?

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