Ripper reserve red

Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014, Hawkes Bay, NZD $49.99

Dense, deep red with the sort of concentration that I expect from old vines or at least very low cropping levels. Ripe dark berry, liquorice, vanilla, chocolate/mocha, spice and anise characters. Accessible now but should cellar well.

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

Alcohol: 14%

Ageing: now to 2024

Food match: Aged Te Mana lamb with celeriac and mushroom glace

Stockists: Villa Maria; The Good Wine Co online (NZ). Not available in Australia

Ranked #3 of 15 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon blends from New Zealand

Price Benchmark: NZD $65.00 Avg 95pt 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend tasted from New Zealand

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