For the second year in a row the 2010 vintage of a Villa Maria Merlot has topped the Merlot class at the Easter Show Wine Awards 2013.
The Champion wine was the Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Merlot 2010, a wine that winemaker Nick Picone says shone from the moment the grapes touched the fermenters, "The 2010 vintage was one out of the bag. We had two exceptional parcels of fruit and we knew straight away they were destined to make a very special wine," he said.
The win further strengthens the pedigree of Villa Maria Merlot. In the past five years alone, Villa Maria Merlots have won nine trophies across Australasian wine competitions.
The trophy win follows the recent announcement that Villa Maria wines secured 13 gold medals at the same show.
A summary of Villa Maria's Gold medal results at the Easter Show 2013:
Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2010
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2011
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Chardonnay 2011
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Gewurztraminer 2012
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Gewurztraminer 2010
Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Dry Riesling 2011
Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Gimblett Gravels Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Villa Maria Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Merlot 2009
Villa Maria Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Merlot 2010
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Syrah 2011
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Syrah 2010
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Pinot Noir 2010