Price:  £14.95 | Case Rate: £14.16
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Villa Maria - Cellar Selection Syrah 2017


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Marlborough
  • Wine Maker: Alastair Maling & George Geris
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2019
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 89 (2010) JR: 17 (2008) JS: 91 (2011) MC: 5 Stars (2010)

Wine tasting notes

Deeply coloured with crimson hues in the glass. The nose is layered with sweet blueberry, red plum and peppery spice aromas, underpinned by an aromatic violet lift. The palate is medium-bodied in style with a juicy and supple texture, finishing with rich, silky tannins and generous 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 (2010)89 pts #203. Oct 2012.  Reviewer : Lisa Perrotti-Brown. - Matured for 17 months in French oak, 40% new, the 2010 Cellar Selection Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Syrah has a deep garnet-purple color with ripe blackberry, black plum and tar notes plus underlying bacon, charcoal and pepper hints. Medium to full bodied, it has a good core of pepper laced black fruit with a medium level of crisp rounded tannins and balanced acid to support, finishing with good persistence. Drink this one now to 2016+. (2008)17 pts

Tasted Jan 2011  - Roast meat, blackberries, decent grip - very good! Real edge to this, less polished and more real. Well done to Villa Maria. (RH)

James Suckling (2011)91 pts

Lovely bright fruit in the glass with aromas of juicy red cherry and plum, along with higher tones of mulberry and cranberry. Hints of spice, red liquorice, game, green tobacco leaf and spicy oak. Pure red and dark fruits on the palate, plus a touch of pepper and roast meats, and a fairly broad brushstroke of spicy oak. Assertive, sandy tannins and bright acidity provide the backbone, and the wine lingers on the finish impressively.

Michael Cooper (2010)5 stars

A great buy. The 2010 vintage (5*) was matured for 17 months in French oak barriques (40 per cent new). Densely coloured, floral and highly concentrated, with good weight, deep, ripe berry, plum and spice flavours, and finely balanced tannins, it has real power through the palate.

Miscellaneous (2010)

Sue Courtney, Wine of the Week NZ - "Striking purple red coloured with pepper, dark smoky oak and juicy berry fruit scents, it's spicy tasting and initially seems quite dry with fine firm tannins, plenty of pepper and all spice, then the succulent berry fruit comes into its own and makes the tannins dissolve, setting it up for a long, harmonious and creamy oak finish with hints of violets. "

Vinification Notes

The Gimblett Gravels sub-region of Hawkes Bay displays superb growing conditions for Syrah. With free-draining low fertile soils and warm conditions, naturally devigourated vines crop low yields, resulting in deep coloured and intensely flavoured red wines. Fruit for this wine was sourced predominantly from Villa Maria’s Twyford and Omahu vineyards, in the heart of the Gimblett Gravels