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Villa Maria - Single Vineyard Seddon Pinot Noir 2014


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Marlborough
  • Wine Area: Awatere Valley
  • Wine Maker: Alastair Maling & George Geris
  • Grape: Pinot Noir
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink now-2013
Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
JR: 16 (2012) JS: 91 (2014) WE: 92 (2012) JG: 94 (2012) BC: 95 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

This wine has been gently crafted using a natural approach to winemaking. A seductive bouquet comprising perfumed, ripe cherries, red fruit and enticing floral aromas, it is concentrated and displays deep layers of fruit. An elegant and refined wine with an alluring velvety texture, it is stylish and complex, with finesse and a harmonious balance.

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 (2012)16 pts

Lightish and lively. Dry and tense.

James Suckling (2014)91 pts

From the Awatere Valley, this has a nicely played spicy edge of exotic saffron, cloves and cinnamon — but also red cherries and lighter sappy florals. The palate's fine with strawberry and berry-cream flavors as well as easy tannins. This has length but remains fine and elegant. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2012)92 pts

Villa’s Seddon vineyard is located in the Awatere Valley—a Marlborough subregion that’s generally cooler than the main valley. As a result, this is a slightly lighter, more herbal rendering of Pinot Noir, but one that avoids any overt greenness or astringency. It’s complex, elegant and silky—just like more Pinots should be. — J.C. (7/1/2015)

Jamie Goode (2012)94 pts

Seddon is the most delicate of the single vineyard Pinots. A cold vintage, but a nice autumn, so this was picked late. Supple, fine and quite linear with some sappy green hints meshing beautifully with the floral red cherry fruit, as well as a bit of raspberry. Really elegant and supple with lovely purity. Developing into a really expressive, pure wine, in a light, fragrant style.

Bob Campbell MW (2012)95 pts

Elegant and slightly edgy wine with bright cherry, spice and floral flavours. Lovely acidity gives energy while helping to promote a very lengthy finish. Very impressive Pinot Noir that struts the strength of this cool wine-growing Marlborough district.

Vinification Notes

The Seddon Vineyard is nestled on the southern bank of Marlborough's Awatere River. This warm, sheltered site is tempered by a cool evening breeze running off the slopes of Mt. Tapuae-o-Uenuku, creating perfect ripening conditions. The fruit is grown on two terraces, sheltered from the cold southerly which results in a warm mesoclimate. The fruit is from a mix of clones and pruning techniques. During the growing season, extensive canopy manipulation is carried out including shoot and bunch thinning, and leaf plucking. 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, minimally filtrated and bottled.