VILLA MARIA RESERVE MARLBOROUGH CHARDONNAY 2016

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Trophy for Champion Wine of the Show - New Zealand International Wine Show 2017
Trophy for Champion Chardonnay - New Zealand International Wine Show 2017
Gold Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show 2017

Villa Maria are well known for producing some of New Zealand's very best Chardonnays with some very long lists of accolades for their Single Vineyard and Reserve Chardonnays. 2016 is proving to be an exceptional year for Chardonnay in Marlborough so it is no surprise that it was Villa's Marlborough wine that shone above the others and took out the Trophy for Champion Chardonnay at the recent NZIWS. Such was it's quality, it was also judged as the best of the best and crowned the overall Champion Wine of the Show for 2017. An outstanding result. 
Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"This wine is produced from a mix of top Chardonnay clones grown on select premium vineyards in the gentle north facing clay soils of the Southern valleys and additional vineyards on the gravels of the Wairau Valley floor. A range of viticulture techniques, including low crop loading and a measured approach to nutrition are employed to ensure balance and health is achieved. This allows the vine the best chance to express site and fruit concentration.

This classic Marlborough Chardonnay reflects site and a sensitive approach to winemaking. Fragrant citrus, complex flint and nut aromas combine with a distinctive core of mineral, lemon and mealy characters to form a seamless palate. Fine-grained French oak and refined acidity create a tightly woven palate with understated concentration and length. This wine will develop complex mineral and toast like characters with bottle age."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2016 Vintage)
"With its rich, slightly mealy, citrusy flavours, this is a distinguished wine, concentrated and finely structured. A marriage of intense, ripe Marlborough fruit with French oak, it is one of the region's greatest Chardonnays. It is typically grown and hand-picked in the warmest sites supplying Chardonnay grapes to Villa Maria, in the Awatere and Wairau valleys. The 2016 vintage is tightly structured and complex, with intense, youthful, grapefruit-like flavours, well-integrated oak and a long, dry finish. Best drinking 2019+."
NZIWS (2016 Vintage)
"Delightful mealy barrel ferment complexities infuse the aromas and mouth-coating flavours with layers of gunsmoke, citrus, stonefruit and vanilla pod and a lifted spicy oak finish."
4 Stars Cuisine Chardonnay Tasting, August 2017 (2016 Vintage)
"This is a typically smart, nervy, persistent Villa Maria Marlborough Reserve style. “Lovely vibrant fruit, and good length”, noted Michael Brajkovich. The quite dense, pure yellow fruit is lifted and driven by textural flintiness and fine acidity."


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