Price:  £62.50 | Case Rate: £10.42
Ex Tax: £52.08

Villa Maria - Private Bin Pinot Grigio 2019


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: East Coast
  • Wine Maker: Alastair Maling & George Geris
  • Grape: Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
WA: 85 (2013) JR: 16 (2012) WS: 86 (2013) JS: 91 (2013) WF: 89 (2014) MC: 3.5 Stars (2014)

Wine tasting notes

This Pinot Gris has aromatics of pear, red apple and honeysuckle, a rich mouthfeel and a delicious off dry finish.

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 (2013)85 pts #209 Oct 2013 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The 2013 Private Bin East Coast Pinot Gris is redolent of poached pears and spiced apple slices with suggestions of honeyed peaches. Dry and medium-bodied with decent amount of straightforward apple and stone fruit flavors, it finishes with nice balance even if it is somewhat simple. (2012)16 pts

Tasted Oct 2012 - Mostly floral and a little spicy. Broad across the palate but kept upright by the freshness, the sweetness just in balance, though I wouldn't mind it slightly drier. (JH)

Wine Spectator (2013)86 pts

Smooth and juicy, with a layer of dried flowers to the citrus-accented flavors of pear and apple. Very crisp, especially on the finish.

James Suckling (2013)91 pts

A clever wine that takes the soft, sweetish approach and threads it in deftly finished style. Plenty of stone fruits, melons and pears on offer here. The palate is supple, even and fleshy, with a clean finish. Drink now.

Wine Front (2014)89 pts

Smoky scents, touch of herb, with a big pear nectar hit, but isn’t over the top by any means. Juicy, pure of fruit, slick in texture. There’s good length of flavour with a lick of nuttiness through the finish. Pretty smart.

Michael Cooper (2014)3.5 stars

Ripely scented, the 2013 (3.5*), grown in Gisborne and Marlborough, is mouthfilling and smooth, with fresh peach, pear and lychee flavours, fractional sweetness and lively acidity. Vibrantly fruity, with very good depth, it's well balanced for easy drinking. The 2014 vintage (3.5*) is full-bodied, with a slightly creamy texture, fractional sweetness (5.5 grams/litre of residual sugar), and moderately concentrated peach, pear and spice flavours. Good value.

Vinification Notes

The fruit for this wine was grown in the Marlborough, Gisborne and Waipara winegrowing regions. Vineyards across these regions offer a diversity of soil types ranging from free draining gravelly soils to silty clay, contributing to the complexity of aromatics and flavour in the finished wine. To ensure excellent intensity of flavour and ripeness levels, low yields are maintained with sufficient fruit exposure.