Wine of the Week NZ

Villa Maria Reserve Merlot 2016, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $49.99

Rich, fleshy merlot with good colour and impressive depth of ripe plum, cigar box and new leather flavours. This is a serious red that has a firm structure and will respond to bottle age but is certainly approachable now. (Screwcap)

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

Alcohol: 13.5%

Ageing: now to 2023

Food: Char-Grilled Angus Beef Scotch Fillet with wafu sauce, wasabi ponzu & sesame sauce

Stockists: Villa Maria Wines; Glengarry Wines, Auckland; House of Fine Wine (AU distributor)

Ranked: #1 of 22 2016 Merlot from New Zealand

Awarded: Top Rank

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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