Buy Of The Week NZ

Villa-Maria-CS-Merlot-Cab-2014Villa Maria Cellar Selection Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $17.99

Scented, supple red with bright, ripe dark berry, plum, liquorice and spicy oak flavours. Impressively dense, with a firm structure of ripe tannins and showing obvious ageing potential. Classy red offering value at this price. (Screwcap)

Score: 93 ★★★½ – view on

Alcohol: 13.5%

Ageing: now to 2023

Food match: The Grill Wagyu burger, duck fat chips

Stockists: The Good Wine Co, Auckland (NZ); Fine Wine Partners (AU distributor)

Ranked #4 of 18 2014 Merlot Blend tasted from Hawke’s Bay

Price Benchmark: NZD $31.48 Avg 93pt 2014 Merlot Blend tasted from New Zealand

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