Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay 2005 Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon
One of our favourites is the Montana Merlot Cab-Sav and I rate this as equal to that wine. It is a little lighter and more acid but its taste and aroma of red berries and green peppers appeals strongly. The problem is that it cost 30% more than its fellow Kiwi wine so it loses value points.

Rating 7/10 Value below average

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Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay 2005 Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine of New Zealand
Bottled by Villa Maria Auckland New Zealand
Euro 12.99 from Kaufhof in Germany in January 2009