Villa Maria Cellar Selection Gimblett Gravels Grenache 2016 $25 (4 stars)

This is literally the only grenache being produced in New Zealand, so best you get amongst it before its all gone! Crafted from 16-year-old vines growing in the company’s Ngakirikiri Vineyard, it’s a heaving monster of a wine, rammed with floral intensity and spiced berry and cherry flavours. The alcohol is 14.5% and its heat adds an extra dimension to the texture and length of flavour. Solid tannins and bold acidity bind the smoky intensity of the wine, a wine. Gorgeous!

www.villamaria.co.nz

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