Villa Maria Chardonnay Reserve 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

Since George Fistonich founded Villa Maria in 1961, it has grown in reputation to become New Zealand's most successful privately owned winery and maker of New Zealand's most awarded wines. Many respected wine writers and critics support this statement; The new Sotheby's Wine Encylopedia stated of Villa Maria "Probably the best all round producer in New Zealand. Villa Maria has a vast array of wines, yet they are all beautifully crafted to enhance fruit and finesse.... if the quality is super, the consistency is supernatural". This success has been achieved through the Villa Maria team's total commitment to the quality of its varietal wines which is continuously rewarded in national and international wine competitions. Villa Maria Reserve Chardonnay has been crafted using natural winemaking techniques and minimal handling. This Chardonnay boasts a youthfully tight nose with a core of lemon and mineral, complimented by natural ferment-derived hints of complex flint and smoke. Tightly structured in style, citrus fruits are accompanied by fine-grained oak and sleek acidity on the palate. Overall this Chardonnay is a well integrated wine which finishes with exquisite elegance and length. Villa Maria Reserve Chardonnay is a versatile wine and can be enjoyed with a large variety of dishes such as veal, pork, pasta and poultry.

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Villa Maria Estate Ltd:
Villa Maria is one of New Zealand's leading winemakers. Founded in 1961 by its current owner and Managing Director, George Fistonich, Villa Maria is 100% New Zealand owned. New Zealand's leading wine award winner Villa Maria has been New Zealand's leading wine award winner, both nationally and internationally since the early 1980's. Villa Maria's talented people have ... Read more
Villa Maria is one of New Zealand's leading winemakers. Founded in 1961 by its current owner and Managing Director, George Fistonich, Villa Maria is 100% New Zealand owned. New Zealand's leading wine award winner Villa Maria has been New Zealand's leading wine award winner, both nationally and internationally since the early 1980's. Villa Maria's talented people have an unrelenting passion to produce quality wines. Realising that it takes more than just good winemaking to produce quality, a passion to succeed begins in the vineyard. Astute site selection by Villa Maria's vineyard experts, is followed by superior vineyard management and then complemented by expert winemaking. A strong focus on continually improving the vineyards is considered by Villa Maria to be an incredibly important factor in quality winemaking. Read less
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Since George Fistonich founded Villa Maria in 1961, it has grown in reputation to become New Zealand's most successful privately owned winery and maker of New Zealand's most awarded wines. Many respected wine writers and critics support this statement; The new Sotheby's Wine Encylopedia stated of Villa Maria "Probably the best all round producer in New Zealand. Villa Maria has a vast array of wines, yet they are all beautifully crafted to enhance fruit and finesse.... if the quality is super, the consistency is supernatural". This success has been achieved through the Villa Maria team's total commitment to the quality of its varietal wines which is continuously rewarded in national and international wine competitions. Villa Maria Reserve Chardonnay has been crafted using natural winemaking techniques and minimal handling. This Chardonnay boasts a youthfully tight nose with a core of lemon and mineral, complimented by natural ferment-derived hints of complex flint and smoke. Tightly structured in style, citrus fruits are accompanied by fine-grained oak and sleek acidity on the palate. Overall this Chardonnay is a well integrated wine which finishes with exquisite elegance and length. Villa Maria Reserve Chardonnay is a versatile wine and can be enjoyed with a large variety of dishes such as veal, pork, pasta and poultry.

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 0.81gL grams per liter

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