The Villa Maria team keep delivering outstanding wines across their ranges. The 2018 vintage of this took out 3 Trophies including Champion Wine of the Show at the 2019 NZ Wine of the Year Awards and the 2019 picked up Gold at the 2020 New Zealand International Wine Show. The 2020 follows on as another exceptional vintage delivering a Syrah that is dark, spicy, juicy, vibrant and supple. This is a very pleasurable wine and superbly priced at sub $20.
Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"Dense purple and crimson hues lead to an intensely perfumed nose of violet, black fruit, herb and spice aromas. The palate is medium to full-bodied, supple and silky in texture, featuring wonderfully integrated tannins and plush oak. Pure and precise fruit flavours lead the wine to a lengthy finish.
The fruit was picked and gently destemmed without crushing into open-top fermenters for fermentation with daily plunging to extract flavour, colour and tannin. Once pressed the wine was matured in 228L French oak barriques of which 18% were new, for 12 months prior to blending and bottling."
Rated Excellent & 94/100 Cameron Douglas MS, November 2021 (2020 Vintage)
"Youthful, fresh, fruity and vibrant bouquet with a core of dark raspberry and spice, plum and barrel spices with a toasty wood edge. On the palate – a core of fruit reflects the raspberry and red berry bouquet precisely followed by plum and baking spices, a stony mineral layer then youthful tannins and a back bone of acidity adding texture and mouthfeel. A lovely wine, ready to drink from today and through 2025."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, December 2021 (2020 Vintage)
"It's brightly fruited and beautifully fragrant on the nose showing dark plum, blueberry, floral, subtle spice and roasted nut aromas, leading to a succulent palate that's fleshy and lingering. Delightfully poised and elegant with a lengthy velvety finish. From the Gimblett Gravels district. At its best: now to 2030."
Reviews for the 2019 vintage below…
94/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, October 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Bold, bright and beautifully built syrah with plum, berry, floral, violet, pepper and spice flavours. This deliciously juicy red can be enjoyed now or carefully cellared for a few years to yield a mellower texture and even greater complexity."
NWWA 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"If you were going to select wines based on quality and consistency, then this wine would have to be high on your list. It’s been awarded a Gold medal in this competition for its 2015, 2017 and now 2019 vintages. Made with grapes predominantly grown in the Gimblett Gravel region in the Hawke’s Bay, this wine has great weight and concentration with youthful fruit purity – plums, blueberry and a touch of black pepper. A very polished and complete wine."