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Villa Maria - Reserve Pinot Noir 2017


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Marlborough
  • Wine Area: Awatere Valley
  • Wine Maker: Alastair Maling & George Geris
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
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
WA: 90 (2014) VS: 89 (2012) JR: 16 (2014) WS: 90 (2013) JS: 92 (2014) D: 92 (2014) WF: 90 (2012) BC: 95 (2014) MC: 5 Stars (2013)

Wine tasting notes

This wine is gently crafted using a natural approach to winemaking. It has a seductive bouquet, perfumed with an array of cherry fruit and complex spicy clove notes. The layered and complex palate is elegant, refined and delicately textured. A classic Marlborough Pinot Noir.

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 (2014)90 pts

Feb 2018 - Cedary up front, the 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir mixes in scents of grilled plum and vanilla. It's a medium-bodied, silky Pinot Noir, built around acid more than tannins and showcasing a sleek, streamlined profile. Drink it over the next few years.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2012)89 pts

Sep/Oct 14. By Stephen Tanzer. Fresh medium red. Pungent cherry and spice aromas are lifted by a minty topnote on the perfumed nose. Juicy and high-pitched, conveying an impression of energy and sharp definition to the flavors of bitter cherry, red berries, fresh herbs and spices. Just a touch green but nicely smooth and intense, finishing with fine-grained tannins. (2014)16 pts

Tasted Jan 2017 - Pretty, violets, crystalline. Chiselled.

Wine Spectator (2013)90 pts

Oct 2015 - Smooth and crisp, with supple tannins and a juicy presentation of cranberry, cherry and strawberry flavors, framed by baking spices, cigar box and dried rose petal details. A fresh earth streak gives the tannins a sense of traction on the finish.

James Suckling (2014)92 pts

A more showy wine (as the Reserve designation denotes) with plenty of fleshy appeal but also great cut and drive. Long and even. Drinking really well.

Decanter (2014)92 pts

Gordon Russell describes the cool, wild and windy Awatere Valley on schistous soils, where most of this low-yielding fruit came from, as 'the Pommard of New Zealand' when it comes to Pinot Noir. Lightly oaked, with 20% new barrels, the vibrant savoury griotte cherry fruit bursts forth on the nose and palate, showing lovely complexity, bright acidity and good structure to last.

Wine Front (2012)90 pts

Sweet cherry and raspberry, dried herb and spice. Medium bodied, firm tannin and acidity a little sour and lemony, twiggy finish of raspberries and sour cherry. Solid.

Bob Campbell MW (2014)95 pts

The common thread running through all the top Villa Maria Marlborough pinot noirs is intensity of flavour and a silken Musigny-like texture that is very seductive. 2014 Villa Maria Reserve Pinot Noir (tasting) is a blend of wine from the Awatere and Southern Valleys. It’s a fairly forward and approachable style, with a strong fruit focus.

Michael Cooper (2013)5 stars

Launched from the 2000 vintage, this label swiftly won recognition as one of the region's boldest, lushest reds. Grown in the Awatere Valley and Southern Valleys sub-regions, it is matured for over a year in French oak barriques (22 per cent new in 2013), and bottled with minimal fining and filtration. The 2013 looked outstanding – deeply coloured, with substantial body (14.5 per cent alcohol) and arrestingly rich cherry/plum flavours, complex, savoury and well-rounded.

Vinification Notes

Fruit was hand-harvested, destemmed and crushed into open-top fermenters. While it fermented, the fruit was hand plunged. Following pressing and malolactic fermentation, the wine was moved to French Oak barrels (25% of which were new), where it spent the next 14 months maturing. The wine was then minimally fined with egg whites, lightly filtrated and bottled.