Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay Merlot (2018)

This is a consistently outstanding wine. Estate-grown, the 2018 vintage (5*) was matured for 18 months in French oak barriques (50 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it is fragrant, mouthfilling and savoury, with dense blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, showing excellent complexity and structure, and ripe, supple tannins. A refined, youthful, very harmonious red, likely to be long-lived, it's well worth cellaring to 2024+.


Type: Red Wines
Variety: Merlot
Vintage: 2018
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $40 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

This wine is a Super Classic.

When to drink: 2024

Reviewed October 2021

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