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TypeCabernet Sauvignon

We are very proud to present the first vintage of ‘Ngakirikiri’ (the gravels). From the ‘once in a lifetime’ Hawkes Bay vintage of 2013, this flagship wine represents the pinnacle of our winemaking achievements and marks a milestone in Villa Maria’s 53 years of history. This exclusive, age worthy red wine featuring Bordeaux varietals (in 2013 predominantly Cabernet-Sauvignon), sets a new benchmark for quality and will be positioned at the top of Villa Maria’s portfolio, only to be bottled when exceptional vintages produce truly outstanding wines for consideration.

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Ngakirikiri is the Māori word for Gravels, a befitting name for this stony Hawkes Bay vineyard sited on what was an ancient riverbed. The Gimblett Gravels sub-region is a majestic site with a reputation for astonishing, beautiful and thought provoking wines. 2013 in Hawkes Bay will go down as one of the regions greatest red wine vintages. The region was officially declared in drought by February and summer extended well into March with clear blue skies prevailing from the start of harvest to the finish. Cooler nights moderated warm daytime temperatures and allowed for steady sugar and flavour accumulation across vineyards. 2013 GDD units for the season were 1407, and average rainfall for the months January through March was just 21mm, which was 25% of the long term average.

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