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Villa Maria Cellar Selection Cabernet Merlot

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Villa Maria Cellar Selection Cabernet Merlot

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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
The 2001 vintage is a great buy. Densely coloured, it's a youthful and complex wine, grown in the company's Ngakirikiri vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels district of Hawke's Bay and matured for 18 months in new and used French and American oak. Concentrated, with sweet-fruit characters, deep cassis, plum and spice flavours seasoned with toasty oak and a lasting finish, it should be at its best from 2004-05 onwards. Although not quite as good as the delicious Cellar Selection Merlot/Caberaet Sauvignon 2000 (Best Buy of the Year in the 2003 Buyer's Guide), it's still a bargain
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
The beautiful 2000 vintage is a notably concentrated yet also very approachable Hawke's Bay wine with all the qualities New Zealand reds used to lack - warmth, roundness and generosity. Grown in the Gimblett Gravels (70 per cent) and Maraekakaho districts, it was matured for 16 months in French and American oak casks (new and seasoned). Deep and youthful in colour, with a highly fragrant, welcoming bouquet, it is densely packed with rich, sweet fruit characters. A very harmonious, complex and lingering wine, with a lovely richness of blackcurrant, plum, spice and nut flavours, at around $20 it is an irresistible bargain - and a worthy winner of this year's Best Buy of the Year award (see page 13). Vintage 00 ^
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Fruity and supple, the 1998 vintage is a Hawke's Bay blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60 per cent), Merlot (28 per cent) and Malbec (12 per cent), matured for 15 months in new and one-year-old French and American oak casks. It's a youthful, vibrant wine with good, strong colour and a spicy, ripe bouquet leading into an attractive palate with blackcurrant and plum characters showing good richness and length
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
The slightly herbaceous but full-flavoured 1997 vintage is a Hawke's Bay blend of equal portions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, plus 7 per cent Malbec. Matured for 15 months in new and one-year-old French and American oak casks, it shows moderately ripe blackcurrant and herbal flavours, some complexity and a spicy, persistent finish.
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
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