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Villa Maria - Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Pinot Noir 2015

White wine from Marlborough · New Zealand
Price: £29.95
Case Rate: £28.33
Ex Tax: £23.33
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Wine Region: Marlborough
Wine Area: Awatere Valley
Wine Maker: Alastair Maling & George Geris
Grape: Chardonnay
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Now - 2023
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15.5 to 18 pts  JancisRobinson.com
Country:
Wine Region: Marlborough
Wine Area: Awatere Valley
Wine Maker: Alastair Maling & George Geris
Grape: Chardonnay
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Now - 2023

Wine tasting notes

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 graphite minerality provide great focus, tension and length to the palate. On the finish there are layers of dark chocolate, dried herbs and spicy oak.

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 the cutting edge of quality winegrowing.

Villa Maria produces New Zealand

www.villamaria.co.nz

Food matching

This elegant Pinot Noir is perfect paired with turkey or lamb, or pan seared tuna

Expert reviews

JancisRobinson.com (2015) - 15.5 to 18 pts

Pale-mid ruby. Somewhat beetrooty, with toasty, reductive hints, spice and ripe strawberry. Rose emerges over time. Bright to brisk acidity, with rich, quite sweet red-cherry fruit. Spice and smoke, with fair length. - Tim Jackson MW

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Vinification notes

100% handpicked and inoculated with indigenous yeast in stainless steel. Matured in French oak, 25% new for 14 months.