Pure Gold - Bragato Wine Awards 2016
Gold - Air NZ Wine Awards 2016
Gold - NZ International Wine Show 2016
5 stars - Winestate Magazine
5 stars - Raymond Chan
"Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, a little paler on the edge. The nose is full and deeply concentrated with rich aromas of white stonefruits, citrus fruits and complexing gunflint underlined by intense and taut notes of minerals, unfolding layers of nutty and toasty new oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich and sweet white stonefruit and citrus fruit flavours along with nutty oak and complexing gunflinty sulphide detail, all harmoniously presented in an up-front, accessible style. The fruit richness and boldness is balanced by refreshing acidity and very fine phenolic textures lending a minerally edge. The stonefruit and creamy, nutty barrel notes emerge and are carried by the acidity to a very long, intensely flavoured finish. This is a sweetly rich, bold, fleshy Chardonnay with accessible flavours of stonefruits, citrus fruits, gunflint and minerals. Serve with creamy poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5+ yeas. 100% clone 15 fruit from the ‘Keltern’ vineyard, vines up to 15 y.o., WBP and indigenous yeast barrique fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 35% new French oak with 50% MLF. 19.5-/20 Nov 2016"
Not many of these bottles around... We were lucky to get our hands on some Villa Maria cellar stock....
The Keltern Vineyard has truly established itself as one of New Zealand’s premier sites for Chardonnay. Displaying a brilliant straw and lime tinted hue in the glass, the nose offers a fragrant and complex medley of white nectarine and subtle complexing sulfides, complemented by underlying notes of flint and toast. A sleek, tightly woven palate gradually unfolds, leading to a finish with genuine length and class.