VILLA MARIA SINGLE VINEYARD BRAIDED GRAVELS ORGANIC MERLOT 2013

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VILLA MARIA SINGLE VINEYARD BRAIDED GRAVELS ORGANIC MERLOT 2013 is available to buy in increments of 1
Trophy for Champion Merlot Predominant & Blends - New Zealand International Wine Show 2016
Trophy for Champion New Zealand Bordeaux Red Wine​​ - New Zealand International Wine Show 2016
Gold Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show 2016
Trophy Champion Merlot - Hawkes Bay Wine Show 2015
Gold Medal - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2016
Gold Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show 2015
Gold Medal - Romeo Bragto Show 2015
Gold Medal - Spiegelau International Wine Show 2015 

This wine is made from vineyard parcels from Villa Maria’s Joseph Soler vineyard in Hawkes Bay which has operated on organic principles since 2001. Joseph Soler has 21 hectares now certified by BioGro New Zealand. The vineyard is planted directly on the boundary of the Gimblett Gravels wine growing region, and comprises of gravelly free draining soils which are ideal for the production of premium red wines. Rather than relying on herbicides or pesticides, this vineyard utilises organic products and seaweeds to prevent pests and promote growth. Yields are cropped low allowing vines to produce fruit that is richly concentrated in colour, flavour and structure.

The Braided Gravels Merlot is a densely coloured wine, perfumed with aromatics of black plum and fruitcake, mingling with roasted coffee bean and complex herb nuances. The palate is full bodied and concentrated, with fine- grained tannins enhanced by integrated oak. This wine will benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next decade.
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2013 Vintage)
"Certified organic, the outstanding 2013 vintage was grown in the Gimblett Gravels and matured for 17 months in French oak barriques (35 per cent new). Bold, bright and youthful in colour, it has rich, ripe plum/spice flavours, with fine-grained tannins. A powerful, dense red, it is sweet-fruited, soft and long."
5 Stars & 96/100 Bob Campbell, The Real Review, July 2016 (2013 Vintage)
"An elegant merlot that’s more accessible than the more structured Reserve Merlot from the same year. Sweet dark berry flavours, with a subtle floral and spice influence and a sensitive seasoning of nutty oak."
5 Stars & 96/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, June 2015 (2013 Vintage)
"Merlot can be this powerful and voluptuous when done well. Loads of dark fruit flavours with nuances of game, spice, roasted nut and floral. The wine shows substantial mouthfeel, brilliantly supported by lovely fruit purity and velvety texture. Tannins are chocolate coated, and provide sturdy frame to this top-notch merlot. At its best: 2018 to 2030."
5 Stars Cuisine NZ Bordeaux Blends Tasting, June 2016 (2013 Vintage)
"From an organic vineyard at the edge of the sought-after Gimblett Gravels, this merlot will sit beautifully alongside thick steaks with Bordelaise sauce. Dark and inky, it offers violet, plum, red fruit and leafy characters that are classically merlot. It’s medium bodied with mellow flavours, good structure and a long finish."
5 Stars & 19.0+/20 Raymond Chan, October 2015 (2013 Vintage)
"Very dark, black-hued purple-red colour, slightly lighter on rim, and very youthful in appearance. The nose is very fresh and aromatic with primary fruit aromas of black berried and black plum fruits, lifted by black and violet florals, revealing a subtle line of liquorice, dark herbs, black minerals and lifted oak. The aromatics are tightly bound, sleek and refined in expression. Medium-full bodied and elegantly proportioned, deep and intense flavours of black berried and plum fruit show with sweet, lifted oak and nuances of black earth and minerals. The mouthfeel is smooth-flowing, sleek and silky, with very fine-grained tannins and extraction, and integrated, fresh acidity. This has youthful fruit brightness and vibrancy that carries to a lively, long lingering finish with soft herbal and floral elements. This is a very elegant, sleek and smooth, refined Merlot with aromatic black fruits, minerals and a vibrant, lively mouthfeel. Match with beef, lamb and venison over the next 8-10+ years. 100% Merlot from selected parcels in the ‘Joseph Soler’ vineyard fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 18 months in 35% new French oak. Certified BioGro organic."
Sue Courtney, wineoftheweek.com (2013 Vintage)
"Rich blue red. The bouquet is overflowing with sweet smoky oak, fruit cake spices and bright, juicy, ripe red berry fruits. Firm and powerful in the mouth with the assertive tannins tamed by ultra juicy fruit that is simply oozing super ripe mulberries and golden sultanas – it evokes memories of Griffins ‘Golden Fruit’ biscuits – and the smoky finish is beautifully balanced with the flavours never losing their intensity. It seems already complete but with a multitude of years ahead of it, it will evolve quite magnificently. Made from organically grown grapes."


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