Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2013

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Marlborough
Review Date - 28-May-2014

19.5/20

Mixed clone fruit all hand-picked, from the ‘Waldron’ and ‘Auntsfield’ vineyards in the Wairau and the ‘Taylors Pass’ vineyard in the Awatere Valley, WBP and fully barrel-fermented, partially with indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 8 months in 30% new oak with 100% MLF. Brilliant, even straw-yellow colour with pale green-gold hues, pale edged. The bouquet is elegantly concentrated with a soft, rich and creamy amalgam of barrel ferment and MLF, detailed by waves of stonefruits, citrus fruits and flinty, minerally lees elements, the aromatics showing real density and depth, revealing toastiness in the glass. Full-bodied, richly broad and mouthfilling, layers of ripe citrus and stonefruits are complexed by mealy, flinty lees work, buttery MLF and nutty oak. The mouthfeel is fresh, lush, vibrantly juicy, the vitality enhanced by fine acidity. A firm core with refined phenolics carry the flavours to a mouthwatering, crisp and long lingering finish. This is a rich, fully complexed and layered Chardonnay with refined textures, breadth and acid vitality. Match with roast pork and veal over the next 4-5+ years. 19.5/20 May 2014 RRP $31.99

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