Villa Maria Earth Garden Hawke's Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon (2019)

Opening up well, the organically certified, very age-worthy 2019 vintage (4.5*) is a blend of Merlot (68 per cent) and Cabernet Sauvignon (32 per cent), matured for 18 months in oak barriques (25 per cent new). Deeply coloured, with a fresh bouquet, it is mouthfilling and supple, with very generous, ripe blackcurrant and spice flavours, showing considerable complexity. Best drinking 2023+.


Type: Red Wines
Variety: Merlot
Vintage: 2019
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★✰ – 4.5 Stars
Price: $25 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: V+

The overall rating for quality is Tentative, as Michael has only reviewed a small number of vintages of this particular wine.

When to drink: 2023

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