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Villa Maria Cellar Selection Red Blend

2009 Displays dense layers of dark berry, plum and earthy flavors combined with cedar and spice notes. Richly concentrated and complemented by fine-grained tannins, this wine is approachable and capable of developing further complexity with medium-term aging.
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Founded in 1961 by its current owner and Managing Director Sir George Fistonich, Villa Maria Estate is now seen as an icon in the New Zealand wine industry. An unrelenting commitment to producing quality wine has allowed Villa Maria to cement its place as New Zealand’s most awarded winery for over thirty years. A passion for quality which begins with astute vineyard selection and expert winemaking is carried throughout every part of the family owned winery, resulting in premium quality New Zealand wine that is enjoyed throughout the world.

This superb wine is produced from a blend of fruit grown on several Hawkes Bay vineyards, predominantly in the Gimblett Gravels wine growing district, namely Omahu Gravels, Ngakirkiri and Twyford Gravels. It's a blend of 64% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Malbec. The free-draining stony soils and warm conditions of the Gimblett Gravels encourage low yields and devigourated vines. Grapes were harvested at optimal ripeness, the fruit was crushed and destemmed to open top fermenters. Post fermentation maceration was employed before the wine was pressed to a selection of fine-grained French, American and Hungarian oak barriques, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. Following 18 months of maturation, the wine was blended, lightly egg-white fined and filtered to bottle.