Villa Maria Ngakirikiri
In five-star vintages like 2018, Villa Maria crafts an incredible Cabernet Sauvignon from a tiny 3.5ha vineyard in the legendary Gimblett Gravels. The result is Ngakirikiri, and with 95 points from Vinous' Rebecca Gibbs MW this needs to be on everyone's radar!
The Gimblett Gravels appellation is often touted as being one of the finest regions in the world for top quality Cabernet Sauvignon outside of Bordeaux, with a reputation for beautiful and thought-provoking wines. Leading the pack is undoubtedly Ngakirikiri, with eye-watering scores you would expect from very serious classed growths and an annual production to rival the most exclusive chateaux of Pomerol (only 230 cases were made in 2018!). Vinous' Rebecca Gibbs praises the 2018 Ngakirikiri as "really classy stuff", savouring the wine's "dark black fruit, licorice and black olives". Stylistically this shares much in common with the top estates of Pessac-Leognan, particularly Haut Bailly & Smith Haut Lafitte, and Ngakirikiri posseses extraordinary freshness, concentration, purity and texture.
With such a tiny production we've had to fight hard to get an allocation of this unicorn, and it's my pleasure to offer you a chance to get in on one of New Zealand's most exciting projects. They will be available for delivery in 2022 and with just a few cases available, please let me know first thing this morning if you would like one.
"The third vintage of Villa Maria's flagship Cabernet (the others being 2013 and 2014) and the first in its new winery (the vintage's first grapes were picked while contractors were still on site). This has great concentration of fruit while remaining elegant and fresh. While the fruit is ripe with its dark black fruit, licorice and black olives, it still retains a green herbal character as if to remind you that this is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon. The tannins build cumulatively, and while they are resolved, they are very much Cabernet-shaped, creating a square framing the rather delicate core. This is really classy stuff, as it should be at the price. Perhaps not as long-lived as the 2014 will be, but a decade or more in the cellar won't hurt."95pts Rebecca Gibb MW
“The 2018 Ngakirikiri is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon,8% Merlot and 2% Malbec, all aged in 60% new French oak for 20 months. Despite the barrel regime, the concentrated fruit easily comes through, offering up pristine aromas of cassis and plum, later accented on the finish by hints of dark chocolate and vanilla bean. Richly concentrated and velvety in texture, with a long, plush finish, this medium to full-bodied wine should drink well for over a decade."94pts Joe Czerwinski WA
|Duty Paid / In Bond||In Bond|
|Grape||Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot|
|Wine Type||Red wines|
|Wine Style||Hearty Red|
|Drinkability||Early in drinking window|
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