Price:  £12.95 | Case Rate: £12.31
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Villa Maria - Private Bin Pinot Noir 2018


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Marlborough
  • Wine Maker: Alastair Maling & George Geris
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Food Matching

Food Matching

Surprise your Burgundy-loving friends with this elegant take on Pinot Noir. It makes a wonderful aperitif, and is also a great match for most vegetarian dishes, as it prefers lighter ingredients and simple and subtle preparations. Malcolm Gluck and Mark Hix suggest slow-baked plum tomatoes, carrot and cumin salad and tagliolini with wild mushrooms. It can also take on chicken and red meat dishes, though keep the preparation on the simple side, and won't fight with most cheese and fish.

Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
WA: 87 (2013) VS: 87 (2012) JR: 15.5 (2013) WS: 86 (2015) JS: 90 (2012) WE: 87 (2016) TC: 88 (2016) NM: 90 (2016)

Wine tasting notes

A perfumed bouquet of ripe red cherries and berry fruits - hallmarks of Marlborough Pinot Noir. On the palate the wine displays ripe fruit with complex savoury, subtle herb and spice elements. Soft, silky supple tannins provide structure and definition, yet also allow for the wine to show Pinot Noir fruit purity, enabling it to be consumed young.

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)87 pts #2167 Dec 2014 - Reviewer Lisa Perrotti Brown - Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2013 Private Bin Marlborough Pinot Noir opens with notes of red plums and red currants alongside nuances of dried herbs, tree bark and roses. The medium-bodied palate has a lovely core of expressive red berry flavors complimented by chewy tannins and a medium-long finish.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2012)87 pts

Sep/Oct 14. By Stephen Tanzer. Palish bright red. Redcurrant, spices and an earthy nuance on the nose and in the mouth, plus a suggestion of cherry liqueur. Supple and spicy in the mid-palate, then a bit skinny on the back end, finishing with a flavor of sour cherry and a touch of dryness.-- Stephen Tanzer (2013)15.5 pts

Tasted Nov 2014 - Pale ruby. Cherry and parma violets on the nose, slightly dusty. Juicy cherry fruit on the palate, but quite a dry slightly chewy finish. A streak of green. Quite short, but very serviceable.

Wine Spectator (2015)86 pts

Tangy berry and cherry flavors have a slightly candied edge, with vanilla bean and sweetened black tea notes on the finish. An easy-drinking package.

James Suckling (2012)90 pts

The nose here is striking for the raspberry-compôte aromas, really fresh and ripe, with some musky fragrance, too. The palate's built around the same red-berry flavors, tannins are light and acid provides a neat, tangy appeal. Drink now

Wine Enthusiast (2016)87 pts

Ripe red fruits dominate in this juicy, easy-going glugger. There's an earthy funk and a meaty savoriness hiding well behind all that plush fruit. The palate is round and satiny while the acidity is on the lower end. Drink now

Tom Cannavan (2016)88 pts

Pinot Noir remains something of a holy grail for both wine lovers, and winemakers, the grape requiring specific growing conditions and a delicate hand from the winemaker to give of its best. While the top red wines of Burgundy represent the pinnacle of Pinot perfection, it's always nice to find a good example at a modest price that is widely available. From Marlborough, this wears cooler climate credentials with a birary, truffle and twig character on the nose, small, dry red berries like redcurrant and cherry, and a wisp of smoke. In the mouth it is delicate and light, those truffly characters matched by more of that pert cherry fruit, a line of tannin and more of that smokiness to balance nicely.

Neal Martin (2016)90 pts

A supple, silky smooth New Zealand Pinot Noir featuring aromas of ripe berry fruit and spice. Medium-bodied with plush tannins. Racy acidity for roast chicken or turkey.

Vinification Notes

Cold soak techniques were employed to aid and optimise fermentation. Temperatures were allowed to reach 32»C to add complexity. Post pressing, the majority of the wine went directly to oak barriques. The remaining wine was put to barrel after an extended time in tank on lees. A total oak maturation period of ten months occurred before the wine was blended, filtered and bottled.