97 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
FIVE STARS 96/100 | Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
96 POINTS | Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous
Ngakirikiri is Villa Maria's top tier wine and it is truly exceptional. Only produced in vintages when the conditions are absolutely perfect, the 2019 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.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "A powerful bouquet and palate with core aromas and flavours of fresh and baked blackberry fruits, toasty barrel spice and baked nut, a mineral earthy, almost baked earth, quality then violsts and dark spices. Youthful and taut on the palate with firm wood and fruit tannins, acidi pulls everything together adding its own mouthfeel and thread with a saline note. A wine that will age for 15-20 years at a minimum. Best drinking from 2027 through 2037+."