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Sir George Fistonich, Founder and President, standing holding a glass of red wine, in front of a Villa Maria winery sign outside the winery

Ngakirikiri 2013

Hawkes Bay
  • 75cl bottle

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 full bodied and age worthy wine will benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next 15-20 years.


Ngakirikiri is the Maori word for Gravels, a fitting name for this stony Hawkes Bay vineyard sited on what was an ancient riverbed. The Gimblett Gravels sub-region is a majestic site with a reputation for astonishing, beautiful and thought provoking wines.


2013 in Hawkes Bay will go down as one of the regions greatest red wine vintages. The region was officially declared in drought by February and summer extended well into March with clear blue skies prevailing from the start of harvest to the finish. Cooler nights moderated warm daytime temperatures and allowed for steady sugar and flavour accumulation across vineyard.


Varieties: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot Location of vines: Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay Planting density vines/ha: 3472 Average vine age: Planted 1992-1995 Cropping rate: 4.2T/Ha Fruit handling: 100% destemmed and crushed Days cuvaison: 35-42 days Cap management: Plunging Total months elevation in barrique: 18 months Type and % new barriques: 100% French with 52% new Filtration: Coarse only

Enjoy with:

  • Grilled and Roasted Red Meats
  • Casseroles/Stews
  • Mature Strong Cheeses