2013 Villa Maria Private Bin "Red Blend" Cabernet - Merlot - Cab Franc - Malbec Hawke's Bay

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The 2013 Villa Maria "Private Bin - The Red Blend" Hawke’s Bay is a classic Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, it is packed full of deep plum and berry fruits, blackcurrant, leather, graphite and toasted spices. It has a classic Bordeaux profile, combining dark fruit with brooding minerals and savory nuances. The wine is medium-plus bodied with good concentration and broad flavors. The tannins are very refined and supple for a wine of this price point. Subtle French oak tones round out the finish, which is long and satisfying. It’s hard to believe you are drinking a $10 bottle of wine! Enjoy, and Cheers! (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ Wine Buyer) 2013 was heralded as the "vintage of a lifetime" in Hawke’s Bay.

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/18/2015 | Send Email
Confession...I saw this wine on the shelves of a grocery store and thought to myself..."I should be stocking that!" The wine had all the right things going for it...fantastic vintage, great producer and one of the most promising, up and coming regions in New Zealand for red wines - Hawke's Bay. After negotiating a great deal on this little wine I am excited to offer this classic Bordeaux blend at this bargain price. Red/black currants, plum, spice, a touch of stoney minerals, a medium plus bodied wine that is well balanced and food friendly. This is such a screaming deal, check it out.
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13