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This is the second Flagship release under our much loved Big Villa label and this prestige Merlot Cabernet was vinted to retail at $90. We picked up this elite parcel from the same producer that provided us with the wines for our recent Big Villa Reserve deals but this small parcel of wine was destined to be released under the winery's revered top label before the winery was sold in 2017.
This wine is a powerful statement that has received every possible attention in the vineyard and winery. Produced from stringently assessed, handpicked fruit it has been matured in barrel with approx. 40% new French oak. 2014 was a superb red wine vintage in Hawkes Bay and this wine is fragrant, complex and savoury with mouthfilling richness and fine, supple tannins. It is only now entering its prime drinking window and has a substantial cellar life ahead of it should you chose to lay some down. The blend is 66% Merlot and 34% Cabernet Sauvignon.
PLEASE NOTE: We agreed to release this Merlot blend in non traditional burgundy bottles to further blur the relationship with the winery's current release of this wine which sells at their cellar door for $90.
TOP TIP: This elite wine was bottled in April 2018 and may still be suffering from 'bottle shock' - a phenomenon where newly bottled wine doesn't show too well after going through the factory bottling process. The best way to counter this until the wine 'comes together' over the next month is to decant the wine before serving. Pouring the wine into a glass jug and then back into the bottle works a treat if you don't own a decanter.
Big Villa is an Advintage brand. To protect their brand integrity, we are unable to divulge the identity of the winery who originally produced this wine. We can say that the producer is an iconic Hawkes Bay winery with a decades old reputation for crafting Hawkes Bay wines of the very highest calibre. Buy with complete confidence.