Villa Maria Taylor's Pass Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from New Zealand

Price: $44.00 $24.99
Save $19.01 (43%)
Item No. 117357
  • WE92
  • W&S90
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

An intriguing, refined and complex Chardonnay displaying stylish finesse. It is elegant, with aromas of subtle citrus, predominantly lemon, and complex smoky notes intermingling on the nose. The palate displays layers of citrus and subtle integrated oak enhancing the tight structural finish.

Critical Acclaim

"This Villa Maria Chardonnay starts off with toasted custardy richness on the nose, hints of vanilla and relatively restrained fruit, then reveals its intensity on the palate, where flavors of vanilla, pineapple, citrus and smoke swirl together. Despite the richness, it’s tightly structured, with a long, textured yet bright finish. Drink now–2018."
92 Points

"Balancing lusty richness with firm acidity, this shows a lot of oak influence in flavors of caramel and butterscotch. It’s bold and smoky, a white for seared scallops in cream."
90 Points

Learn About Villa Maria Map ItMap It

In 1960, George Fistonich, the son of a Croatian immigrant, founded Villa Maria in Mangere, Auckland. Voted New Zealand's Winemaker of the Year in 1993, George is today the managing director of the Villa Maria Group, which also includes Vidal and Esk Valley Wineries, together forming the third largest wine company in New Zealand. Winemaker Michelle Richardson has been with...

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Learn About Other New Zealand

A few other New Zealand areas include the region of Auckland, high up on the North Island, Nelson, sitting to the west of Marlborough, and Canterbury, just under Waipara on the South Island. Most wines in New Zealand will come from a designated area and say so on the label. Notable Facts Auckland was one of the first wine growing regions of the country, but now produces...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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