Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2014
Vivid and inky in hue. Crushed chocolate jam drop biscuits, blackcurrants, herbs, cake spices and smoky oak fill the bouquet and then in the palate the oak is assertive and spicy with firm tannins and juicy red and black fruits and, as the tannins dissolve into the whole, the finish becomes seamless and long. The classic Merlot characters of dark cherries, plums and cigar box balance Cabernet’s herbal nuances and violets with a meaty savoury depth and fruit sweetness fleshing out the long persistent mouthfilling finish. Trophy AirNZ. Trophy Bragato.