95 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
94 POINTS | Andrew Caillard MW
Another excellent 2019 Gimblett Gravels release under the Villa Maria Reserve umbrella. Vinted from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, this is soft and concentrated wine that's drinking well now but will really come into its own after a few years in the cellar. Stellar reviews from Cam Douglas and Andrew Caillard speak to the quality on offer here. A great buy.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Fantastic bouquet of dark red berries and baking spices, toasty barrel and smoked orchard fruits. Layers of complexity show immediately with gravelly stony soil aromas, power and concentration. Firm, youthful, fruity, tense, smoky and dry on the palate. Firm tannins, plenty of acidity and a core of fruit to reflect the nose. Bell-pepper and plum, cigar tobacco and shaved wood, moments of freshly roasted coffee bean and violets. An excellent example, very youthful and taut, lengthy finish and expertly made."
Andrew Caillard writes "Deep crimson. Intense blackcurrant, mulberry, elderberry aromas with dark chocolate, cedar herb notes. Inky deep and primary with plentiful blackcurrant, mulberry dark plum elderberry/ black olive fruits, fine grainy grippy tannins and underlying cedar roasted walnut notes, Finishes vigorously firm with a graphite plume. Generously concentrated with plenty of vinosity and torque."
The winery writes "This densely coloured wine shows 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. While approachable in its youth, this wine will benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next 10-15 years."