Wintery Reds to Enjoy as the Colder Weather Sets In

As the colder weather sets in, it’s the perfect excuse to stay cosy indoors and embrace the hygge lifestyle or wrap up in our oversized woollen jumpers to brave the fresh air to socialise. Whichever you choose the perfect companion to any chilly occasion is of course a glass of your favourite wintery red wine.

Whether you like a light or full-bodied drop, New Zealand’s most awarded wine brand Villa Maria offers something for every taste and every budget.

Villa Maria Reserve Pinot Noir 2019 – $49.99

A stunning blend of fruit parcels from Villa Maria’s premium Marlborough vineyards, the deep red hues of the Reserve Pinot Noir lead to a captivating bouquet of red and dark cherries, plums and subtle spicy clove notes on the nose. Also showcasing bright floral aromas, fresh black cherries and red raspberries, if you’d like to taste but happy to wait a little longer, cellared correctly this Pinot Noir will also age gracefully, slowly releasing more fruit weight and savoury characters.

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Pinot Noir 2018 – $59.99

The Taylor Pass vineyard is warm and sheltered producing an intensely ripe style Pinot Noir that is not typical of the Marlborough region. This wine is a single vineyard expression of the Taylors Pass site, showcasing an intense bouquet of brooding dark cherry and violets meddling with subtle fresh herb notes. A harmony of tannins with a soft acidity and layers of dark chocolate, dried herbs and spicy oak to finish.

Villa Maria EarthGarden Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon – $24.99

Organically grown with wildflower gardens between the rows of vines and regenerative viticulture to keep New Zealand’s soils healthy and ecosystems thriving. EarthGarden Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon is bursting with flavour as nature intended. This is a wine rich in colour and flavour with the depth of character that organic viticulture brings. Deep purple coloured hues lead to a perfumed nose of dark fruits, cocoa, sweet vanilla and clove spices. The full bodied palate is soft and generous with ripe fruit and a smooth finish.

Villa Maria Hawke’s Bay Reserve Merlot – $39.99

The Reserve Merlot reveals a saturated deep purple colour and perfumed aromatics of red and black plum, fruitcake and floral violet notes, interwoven with roasted coffee bean and complex herb nuances. The palate is concentrated and firmly structured in its youth with fine-grained tannins enhanced by integrated oak. This wine will also benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next decade.

Villa Maria Gimblett Gravels Syrah – $49.99

This stunning Syrah is a blend of parcels from our premium vineyards in Hawkes Bay’s Gimblett Gravels. 2016 delivered wonderfully fragrant and intense Syrah wines. Dense purple hues lead to a perfumed nose of boysenberry, spice and violets. Ripe tannins encase concentrated fruit characters on a long and silky palate. Careful cellaring of 10 years or more will reward with further complexity.

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Grenache 2018 – $17.99

Grenache is exceptionally rare in New Zealand. This vintage came after one of the warmest Hawke’s Bay summers on record, conditions perfect for producing a perfumed and concentrated Grenache, overflowing with exotic cherry, spice, and violet characters. This wine can be enjoyed now or be carefully cellared to enjoy at a later date.