Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2019
Gold Medal – Marlborough Wine Show 2019
Number 1 Rated Pinot Gris – Cuisine Magazine 2020
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"The Seddon Vineyard in Marlborough is spectacular site, sheltered from the southern elements resulting in a very warm mesoclimate. Careful attention to vine health and balance in this block allows grapes to reach full flavour potential. Additionally, yield manipulation, water monitoring and balanced nutrition are a key focus when managing this vineyard. To enable perfect fruit in peak condition each bunch is hand picked in the cool of the morning and chilled down overnight before being pressed the following day.
Intense fresh cut white pear, complexed with cinnamon spice and floral notes dominate the aromatics, intermingling with a core of yellow stone fruit flavours. This off-dry wine has a finely textured palate, displaying underlying purity and power. A balanced level of acidity combined with concentrated fruit, creates excellent palate length and a lingering finish."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"One of the country's top Pinot Gris, this Awatere Valley wine is typically partly barrel-fermented. The fleshy, finely textured 2018 vintage (5*) was estate-grown and hand-picked. Bright, light yellow/green, it is youthful and concentrated, with excellent weight and mouthfeel, vibrant pear, lychee and spice flavours, a vaguely toasty note adding complexity and a dryish finish. Best drinking 2020+."
5 Stars & Number 1 Cuisine Pinot Gris Tasting, February 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"There's a reason why Villa Maria is consistently New Zealand’s most-awarded winery and it’s because of good-quality, well-crafted, approachable and delicious wines like this one. The grapes for this remarkable wine were picked from 11–16-year-old pinot gris vines in the Seddon single vineyard situated on the southern bank of the Awatere River in Marlborough. Despite the area being cool climate, the vineyard itself is specifically sheltered from southern weather, creating a warmer more beneficial mesoclimate. This, combined with the unique soft clay terroir, ensured that the grapes achieved ideal levels of both physiological ripeness and fruit concentration.
Marlborough Regional Viticulturist Stuart Dudley employs careful vineyard management and attention to detail to ensure vine health and balance as well as yield management, ensuring that only the best is harvested. The grapes were handpicked in the cool of the morning and chilled overnight to retain maximum freshness and flavour characteristics, before being pressed, fermented and blended – by Senior Marlborough Winemaker Helen Morrison – into this remarkable wine.
With flavours of bright apple, golden peach and pear and hints of subtle cinnamon spice, this wine encapsulates all that is not just good, but great about gris. An off-dry style and while not hugely textural it has exceptional balance, poise, palate weight, persistence, fleshiness and a seductive and moreish character. A wine to sit down and really relax with, so you can give it the attention it deserves."
Reviews for the 2017 vintage below…
Gold Medal – New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards 2018
94/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2017 Vintage)
"Pure and ripe white-fleshed fruits with gently spiced red apple, d'Anjou pear and quince. Refreshing and lively in the palate with layers of white spice, white-fleshed fruit and a lesser led texture. Plenty of length, a hint of residual sweetness and warming alcohol. Great balance. Drink now and through 2022."