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Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Syrah 2019


Gold, scored 95 points


Shiraz and Syrah


Hawkes Bay


Medium Bodied Red Wine

Special features

Sustainable wine growing

Key flavours

Black pepper, blackberry and blueberry, dark berry fruits, plums

Judges Comments:

If you were going to select wines based on quality and consistency, then this wine would have to be high on your list. It’s been awarded a Gold medal in this competition for its 2015, 2017 and now 2019 vintages. Made with grapes predominantly grown in the Gimblett Gravel region in the Hawke’s Bay, this wine has great weight and concentration with youthful fruit purity – plums, blueberry and a touch of black pepper. A very polished and complete wine.

Pairing Recommendation:

Shiraz is often a powerful rich wine that’s perfect with big rich flavours. Try it with burger and ribs, steak, sausages and game dishes. Take to a pot-luck dinner or a BBQ with the neighbours and, of course, wonderful with the Sunday roast. Syrah is the same grape, but often a wine that is more medium bodied, great with pizza and pasta dishes, game, especially duck and rabbit. BBQ lamb and slow cooked meat dishes, as well as a simple steak with green beans and potato fries. Pair this hard or aged cheese like cheddar, gouda and pecorino.