Buy of the Week NZ

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Organic Merlot 2015, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $17.99

Dense, ripe merlot with plum, dark berry, liquorice and spicy oak flavours. Inky wine with surprisingly soft tannins that make the wine very accessible now but should allow it to develop in bottle. An attractive wine offering great value at this price. (Screwcap)

Score: 93 ★★★★½ – view Bob’s original tasting

Alcohol: 13%

Ageing: now to 2022

Food: Spiced short rib with rose harissa and labneh

Stockists: The Good Wine Co, Auckland; Glengarry Wines, Auckland (NZ). Not available in Australia

Ranked #3 of 16 2015 Merlot from Hawke’s Bay

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