100/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
98 POINTS | Bob Campbell MW
97 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
Ngakirikiri is Villa Maria's top tier wine and it is truly exceptional. Only produced in vintages when the conditions are absolutely perfect, the 2014 is vinted from 100% cabernet and it is a stunning example of the varietal. Villa Maria's Sir George Fistonich says 'This is our Icon, a wine with poise and presence; it represents the pinnacle of our winemaking achievements' and we couldn't agree more.
Sam Kim writes "This is a compelling rendition made from 100% cabernet sauvignon sourced from one block within an estate vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels district. The gloriously expressed bouquet shows cassis, blueberry compote, cedar, cigar, violet and black olive characters. The palate is superbly concentrated and weighted, delivering exceptional depth and richness, while remaining perfectly balanced and structured by loads of fine, chalky tannins. The wine is complete and symphonic with staggering energy and drive."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Powerful, complex, varietal and intensely perfumed bouquet. Blackberry, black currant, dark plums and toasty almost sweet spice of oak. Violets and boot polish, clove and Asian spices, fresh cigar tobacco and baked bell pepper. Full-bodied, complex and dry. Flavours mirror the nose, but double in concentration and detail. An abundance of fruit and wood tannins, medium+ acidity and a core of pure varietal fruit flavours. Young, still developing and will do so for the next ten to fifteen years. Lengthy complex finish. Decant for service if drinking before 2025."
The winery writes "Upon pouring, this deep ruby coloured wine yields notably intense and pure aromatics of cassis, red and black plum and floral violet scents, with fresh ground coffee bean, fragrant dried thyme and cedar spice nuances also vying for attention. Layers of concentrated flavours emerge and flow beautifully across the palate from start to finish, with optimally ripe fruit, fine-grained tannins and supportive oak enhancing overall texture and richness at each point along the way. This age-worthy and age-worthy wine will benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next 15-20 years."