2010 Villa Maria Library Release Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon

Hauntingly pure Merlot dominant wine just hitting its straps after 7 years!


$87.99 on Case buys (6 bottles)

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Brand Villa Maria Estate
Region Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay
Varietal Cabernet Merlot
Size 750ml
Alcohol % 13.5%
Vintage 2010
Country New Zealand


Vintage 2010 was one of the most widely successful years for NZ wine across the entire country, the vintage marked by an El Nino weather pattern, becoming La Nina. An Indian summer in March and April saved the cooler season, and while Cabernet was not as perfectly ripe as the year before in most places, Merlot was a standout. A more variable year than 2009, the top producers like Villa Maria made memorable wines that have come along beautifully in bottle. This Library Release Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in 100% French Oak (60% new) for 18 months with three rack and returns.


Amazingly pure cassis liqueur on the nose, with blueberry, blackberry, pencil shavings and black doris plum. Still very primary with a haunting purity of fruit.


Quite silky and luxurious with major intensity rounded out by time, developing savoury nuances to go with the lush, dark fruit. The intensity of this wine is quite captivating, showing the freshness of the cooler year and lingering long and lavish on the back palate. Great now, but will be equally good in 5 to 8 years time.

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