Wine of the Week NZ

Villa Maria Reserve Merlot 2015, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $49.99

Dense, intense merlot with plum, chocolate/mocha, dark berry and spicy oak flavours. A youthful wine that’s surprisingly accessible now but promises to age well. Very classy red with power and a very lengthy finish. (Screwcap)

Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view Bob’s original tasting

Alcohol: 13.5%

Ageing: now to 2023

Food: Pastrami-rubbed Hawkes Bay lamb, apple mint gel, shank pastilla, lamb bacon

Stockists: Villa Maria Wines; Glengarry Wines, Auckland & Wellington (NZ). Not available in Australia

Ranked #1 of 16 2015 Merlot from Hawke’s Bay

Winery Rating: 96.3 Weighted average of their top 5 recently tasted wines

Price Rating Map & Vintage Chart: How the wine fits in the winery’s range?

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