Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot 2018



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Densely coloured wine, showing lovely aromatics with layers of red and black plum, mingling with cassis, smoky roast coffee bean, dried thyme and complex cedary spice nuances. The palate is soft yet concentrated, with wonderfully fine-grained tannins and integrated oak. This wine will benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next 10-15 years.

Why we love it: Hawke’s Bay goodness that’s won a Gold in the Decanter Wine Awards 2021!
Drink with: Beef steak pie.
Gimblett Gravels
Blend Info.
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot
Alcohol by Vol.
Bottle Vol.
Serving Temp.
12 - 17°


A family owned New Zealand winery, founded in 1961 by its current owner and Managing Director, Sir George Fistonich. ‘Villa Maria’ is arguably the most well recognised and successful award winning New Zealand winery around.

History of Villa Maria

George Fistonich established ‘Villa Maria’ in 1961 at just 21 years of age. He did this after buying 5 acres of land from his father. In 1962 the world was first introduced to ‘Villa Maria’.

The 1960’s

During the 60’s George worked on his own, to grow, harvest and bottle wine. Sourcing grapes from all over the Auckland region, George was making dry red and white wines. Over the years George’s team slowly grew, as he employed staff, he gained traction and his wines grew in popularity.

The 1990’s

During the 1990s, They made the decision to introduce Stelvin screw cap closures across all ranges. ‘Villa Maria’ was the first major wine company in the world to declare the winery a “cork free zone”. George believes the consistency of wines under screwcap is one of the contributing factors to the company’s incredible success recently.

The 2020’s

Today, they employ over 250 people and exports wine to over 50 countries worldwide. Their people have an unrelenting passion to produce quality wines. Realising that it takes more than just good winemaking to produce quality, a passion to succeed begins in the vineyard.

Improving Vineyards

Astute site selection by Villa Maria’s vineyard experts is followed by superior vineyard management and then complemented by expert winemaking. A strong focus on regularly improving the vineyards is considered by ‘Villa Maria’ to be an incredibly important. An especially important factor in quality winemaking.

Wine Portfolio

Their wine portfolio is extensive, with all your favourites a part of the mix. From Sauvignon Blanc, to Syrah and Pinot Noir. An honourable mention is their Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon which embodies clean, fresh and exciting tasting notes!

For more information on Villa Maria and their wines, visit their website.


Hawkes Bay Wine Region Collection

Back in 1851, Hawkes Bay was the first region in New Zealand to have a winery established, ‘The Mission Estate’. But it didn’t stop there, when it comes to wine production, Hawkes Bay is New Zealand’s second largest region. The Hawkes Bay Wine Region has a 50/50 split between the red and white wines, a fantastic variety of styles flow from its vineyards. The areas tops reds are Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, typically boasting subtle herbaceous notes and intense berry/cassis flavour.

Find out more information on the various Hawkes Bay Wine Companies.

A Rich Wine Culture

Being New Zealand’s oldest wine region mixed with the fact the majority of vineyards are still family owned results in a rich wine culture. There can be wild variation between each vintner and the ethos behind their bottles. Naturally, this has drawn the attention of the public. Numerous trails that highlight the artisan producers and Art Deco architecture wine tourism has excelled in the area.

Hawkes Bay Wine Subregions

Gimblett Gravels is Hawkes Bay’s wine area with the most fame. Although unplanted until the early 1980’s as it was common belief high quality grapes couldn’t be grown in the area. Later, however, methods improved and tastes changed and the area come into its own.

Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers

In 2001 winegrowers and producers united to form the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association, with this unity, the association was able to promote the areas wines to the world stage. The associations brand is based on the French concept of terroir, abiding by the strict classification rules, primarily governed by soil type.

Gravel Based Soils

Gimblett Gravels was the first New World district to receive this designation. The Gimblett Gravels wine growing district covering over 800ha. Being stringently based on the gravel based soils originating from the old Ngaruroro River exposed after heavy flooding in the 1860s.


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