Villa Maria (Hawkes Bay) 2020 Reserve Chardonnay
Silver - New Zealand International Wine Competition
94 Points - Cameron Douglas MS CamDouglasMS.com
"A classic and alluring bouquet of ripe yellow fleshed stone fruits, a roasted brazil nut quality, baked apple and citrus peel. Moments of butterscotch and toasty barrel layer in complexity and familiarity. Full-bodied with a satin cream texture contrasted by acidity and new wood, fine-ish wood tannins and a lengthy finish. Delicious, classic and ready to enjoy from late 2022 through 2029+"
95/100 Points - Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
"Gracefully elegant and stylish, showing rockmelon, peach, vanillin oak and oatmeal characters with a hint of lemon zest on the nose. The concentrated palate displays flowing texture and rounded mouthfeel, brilliantly structured by vibrant acidity, finishing impressively long and engaging. At its best: now to 2030"
"The 2020 vintage was highly regarded with a warm and dry summer that persisted well after the last grapes were harvested, allowing picking to occur at optimum ripeness without any disease pressure. This wine features a sensational collection of sites in close proximity to Bridge Pa which are fastidiously managed to produce Reserve quality Chardonnay. Hand harvested on different dates the various clones and sites provided an exciting array of blending options. Gentle whole- bunch pressing allows for the finest quality of juice to be run directly into French oak barriques for spontaneous (wild) fermentation. Once complete the individual parcels mature on yeast lees with regular Battonage for up to 11 months. The finest barriques are then identified and blended together in preparation for bottling."