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Villa Maria - Cellar Selection Chardonnay 2018


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Hawke's Bay
  • Wine Maker: Alastair Maling & George Geris
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 89 (2016) D: 85 (2016) NM: 92 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

The wine displays a fresh, youthful bouquet of citrus and white peach, with hints of lemon, nutty nuances and complex oatmeal notes. The palate is refined and textural with an integrated acid backbone. Its Marlborough origin is showcased through minerality, balance and length.

Winery Information

Villa Maria

It is not easy to tell your Dad that you are quitting a career in carpentry to try your hand at making wine. But in 1961, at the age of 21, that's exactly what Sir George Fistonich did. He leased five acres of land from his father, planted one acre with grapes and started making wine under the name 'Villa Maria' which he chose because his friends thought it sounded European. Since those first cuttings took hold in the soil out in Mangere, near Auckland, Sir George has been determined to be at.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2016)89 pts

Feb 2018 - The 2016 Cellar Selection Chardonnay is a toasty, nutty wine balanced by hints of white peaches and grilled pineapple. Medium to full-bodied, it offers a ripe, silky mouthfeel and a lingering, citrusy finish that's maybe a touch too toasty but satisfying.

Decanter (2016)85 pts

A delicate, fruit-forward style with violet and white talcum notes. Fine, perfumed and rather elegant, with seamless oak and good balance, although it pulls up a little short. A good wine, just lacking the 'x-factor'.

Natalie McLean (2015)92 pts

This robust, toasty New Zealand Chardonnay has toasted almond and hazelnut on the nose from oak aging, with a rich, mouth-coating texture on the palate. Aromas of golden apple and peach. Long finish. Pair with roast chicken.

Vinification Notes

This wine has been crafted using gentle winemaking techniques and minimal handling. Predominantly hand harvested and whole bunched pressed, the freerun and lightly pressed juice was transferred directly to oak barriques with full juice solids for fermentation. A proportion of the barriques were allowed to undergo indigenous fermentation while the remainder were inoculated with specific Chardonnay yeasts. Fermented at a warm temperature, the wine was encouraged to reach dryness before undergoing partial lees stirring and malolactic fermentation. After 10 months in barriques on yeast lees the wine was lightly fined, filtered and bottled.