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